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Digestion and nutrition support

Enteral feeding tube treatment

Understanding enteral feeding

Nutrition plays an important role in maintaining health as well as in the prevention and management of a variety of diseases. Enteral feeding is a way for people who cannot eat or drink on their own to meet their nutrition needs.1

Healthy food laid out on a table

Enteral feeding is the delivery of nutrients directly into the digestive tract via a tube. The enteral feeding tube is usually placed into the stomach, duodenum or jejunum via either the nose, mouth or the direct percutaneous route.2

ENFit™ Connectors

The Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) has worked to address safety issues related to enteral feeding tubes. New GEDSA guidelines have resulted in the design of the ENFit Connector, a way to help reduce the risk of misconnection between a feeding tube port and a non-feeding connection. All enteral access devices, including feeding tubes, administration sets and enteral syringes will be impacted by these changes. The new connectors for nutrition formula feeding have already been implemented. Enteral-specific syringes will be required to connect to the new enteral tube port for medication administration, flushing, and bolus feeding.

Benefits of ENFit

Adopting the new ENFit connector is intended to provide these benefits:

  • Provides a way to reduce the risk of misconnection between a feeding tube port and a non-feeding connection 

  • Addresses "patient side" connections between feeding tubes, administration sets, medication, flush and bolus feeding syringes, and other enteral devices

Boston Scientific ENFit Connector

Recovering from your procedure

Endoscopic feeding tube insertion is a common surgery. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that the stomach and abdomen of some patients may heal in 5 to 7 days. Some patients report moderate pain from the procedure which can sometimes be treated with medicine. In most cases, feedings will start slowly with clear liquids, and increase slowly.3

Patients and caretakers should speak with their healthcare providers for information on:

  • Risks of the procedure, including bleeding and infection
  • Caring for the skin around the tube
  • What to do if the tube is pulled out
  • Signs and symptoms of tube blockage
  • Emptying the stomach through the tube (if appropriate)
  • What foods to put through the tube
  • Concealing the tube under clothing
  • Safe activities


Regular follow-up visits

It's important to maintain all follow-up visits, even if you're feeling well. During these visits, your doctor will monitor your progress, evaluate your medications, check the status of your overall health and determine the success of your treatment.


  1., U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedilinePlus, Updated May 19, 2015

  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes for Health, Nutrition Support for Adults: Oral Nutrition Support, Enteral Tube Feeding and Parenteral Nutrition,, accessed August 2015

  3. U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedilinePlus,, Updated July 28, 2015

ENFit is a trademark of GEDSA.

CAUTION: U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. Indications, contraindications, warnings and instructions for use can be found in the product labeling supplied with each device.

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