When every minute matters, enteral therapies are an effective way to administer medication directly to the bloodstream.

What are enteral therapies?

Enteral therapy involves the delivery of nutrition directly into the gastrointestinal tract, bypassing the oral route. This method ensures that the body receives the necessary nutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals, to support overall health and healing. It is particularly beneficial when patients are unable to consume adequate nutrients orally, either temporarily or over an extended period.

How does enteral therapy work?

The process of enteral therapy typically involves the use of specially formulated nutritional solutions. These solutions are carefully designed to meet the unique dietary requirements of each individual, taking into account factors such as age, medical condition, and specific nutrient needs. The solutions can be administered through various methods, such as nasogastric tubes, gastrostomy tubes, or jejunostomy tubes, based on the patient's condition and medical recommendations.

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Common conditions needing enteral therapies

Enteral therapies are used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Infections
  • Dehydration
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Blood disorders
  • Pain management

The decision to use enteral therapies should always be made by a patient's healthcare provider based on a thorough evaluation of their medical history and current condition.

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