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Can I be fed artificially at home?

Jorge Vargas, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterology
You can be fed artificially at home. More than twice as many people nationally receive enteral nutrition (EN) or parenteral nutrition (PN) at home as are treated in the hospital. The nutrition program team works closely alongside these people and their families to meet the challenges of the home EN/PN program with evidence-based practices in medical evaluation, nutrition assessment and follow-up monitoring.

Advanced practice nurses provide detailed instruction on how to prepare and administer nutrition and care for tubes and catheters. People are observed closely for complications, but may have no other restrictions on their lifestyles or activity levels.
 
This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.

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