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Enteral Feeding

Enteral tube feeding is the delivery of nutrients directly into the digestive tract via a tube. The tube is usually placed into the stomach, duodenum or jejunum (small intestine) via the nose, mouth or directly through the skin.

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Boston Scientific Enteral Feeding Tube

Why enteral feeding?

Enteral feeding is used by patients who have difficulty eating or swallowing on their own.

Uses of enteral feeding

Enteral feeding tubes are used for a variety of reasons. Enteral feeding tubes are usually temporary and can be removed depending on clinical need. This procedure may be recommended for: 

  • Persons who cannot swallow correctly
  • Persons who cannot take enough food by mouth and fail to thrive
  • Persons who have risk of food going into their airway
Boston Scientific ENFit Connector

Are you familiar with ENFit™ connectors?

The Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) has worked to address safety issues related to tube feeding. 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.

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.