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Gastroenterology clinic

Managing patients with a PEG

Mel Young, Olivia Bidner, Nicole McNabb, Anne Duggan

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Abstract

Enteral feeding via a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) can improve a patient’s gross nutritional deficiencies and maintain his or her quality of life.

Article Extract

Remember
  • Malnutrition contributes to higher mortality and risks of infection. Enteral feeding is a safe and effective way to obtain nutrition in a functioning gut when a patient cannot eat or drink sufficiently for survival.
  • Patients to be considered for enteral feeding via percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) include: those with swallowing difficulties due to progressive neurological disorders such as motor neurone disease; those who cannot safely swallow because of neurological injury such as cerebrovascular injury or trauma, or oesophageal obstruction due to inoperable malignancy; those unable to maintain nutrition due to chronic illness such as cystic fibrosis.

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