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Likewise, the reported evidence of autophagy increased autophagosomes attributed to upregulation of AMPK , insofar as it indicates autophagy, could equally be a desirable result, given the role of autophagy in maintaining healthy tissues. Butyrate is thought to exert its cellular effects through the induction of histone hyperacetylation. The tube is kept within the stomach either by a balloon on its tip which can be deflated or by a retention dome which is wider than the tract of the tube. Positive health behaviors include eating all necessary nutrients while preventing an accumulation of excess body fat. Relatedly, there seems to be no satiety mechanism for sweet. It spares protein for more important things.

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However, the reverse Luer enteral feeding system was not considered to be an appropriate global solution, because of the continuing potential to connect to Luer fittings associated with other clinical applications. Nevertheless, the reverse Luer system was used for years without misconnections, supporting implementation of a reverse system like the ENFit. Healthcare providers in the United States and throughout the world should move to adopt the new ENFit connectors.

Since enteral feeding patients are more mobile than ever and can travel widely between healthcare settings, the transition to ENFit system connectors is considered a global initiative. In many other markets, including Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, the transition is well under way.

Despite the California legislation mandating ENFit use, however, the transition in the United States and Canada has been delayed—primarily due to concerns over adequate supply of important enteral feeding system components bearing the new connectors.

Repeated delays of the introduction of ENFit have in fact caused some U. Today, however, this skepticism has been allayed by examples of facilities successfully adopting ENFit. A successful transition will include the use of ENFit-compatible connectors on all components of an enteral feeding system.

Feeding tubes and medication ports on feeding sets with new ENFit male connectors will require new female ENFit tip syringes. Syringes for flushing, hydration, bolus feeding, and enteral administration of medication are critical to support the introduction of feeding tubes with the ENFit connectors. ENFit-compatible draw-up devices such as straws or fill caps are needed for accurate dosing of small doses of meds and for filling syringes.

Manufacturers have collaborated to validate the Low Dose Tip through independent laboratory performance testing, usability studies, and misconnection risk assessments. Testing has demonstrated that Low Dose Tip syringes can provide dosing accuracy consistent with existing male oral tip syringes and better than other reverse-gender solutions used today. To avoid disruption of enteral therapy, a careful and methodical transition to new connectors must occur in the United States—ideally, over the course of Manufacturers are now gearing up to provide the required supply of products with the ENFit connector design that comply with the new ISO standard.

California law AB , which has been in effect since July 1, , requires health facilities i. California hospitals continue to face implementation delays because of gaps in supply from manufacturers and distributors.

However, several facilities in California have made full transition with minimal disruption to date. Introduction of ENFit at your facility or health system may vary depending on supplier timing. GEDSA encourages manufacturers to introduce, and healthcare facilities to adopt, ENFit tip syringes and feeding tubes as soon as possible to meet the California mandate. Manufacturers also need to anticipate short- and long-term nationwide demand for the same products.

And healthcare facilities need to work with their supplier representative and distributor networks to understand their specific plans for conversion. In particular, confirm that your syringe and feeding tube suppliers have adequate supplies of syringes with the new connectors before converting your facility to ENFit feeding system products.

When the transition is complete, the need for legacy devices will be low, and in time, they will no longer be available. GEDSA anticipates that Latin America and most of Asia will begin to transition their administration sets in the second half of ; for China and Japan, the changes are more likely to take place in Check with your supplier representative for more precise timing in your area. They describe the implementation process as "labor intensive and confusing," citing the following challenges:.

However, many other suppliers are working to provide adequate supplies of ENFit tip syringes to meet market demand. Connectors for Enteral Applications. Available for purchase from ISO: Guenter P, Lyman B. ENFit enteral nutrition connectors: Nutr Clin Pract Dec;31 6: Small-bore connectors for liquids and gases in healthcare applications—part 3: Nutr Clin Pract Jun;26 3: Neonatal Enteral Feeding Pumps: A Look at the Marketplace. Implementing the ENFit initiative for preventing enteral tubing misconnections.

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Please enable scripts and reload this page. Turn on more accessible mode. Turn off more accessible mode. Skip to main content. Here are our recommendations: Assemble an interdisciplinary team e. Engage discharge planners and their respective home care providers who manage postdischarge supply needs for patients at home and in skilled nursing facilities. Determine a transition plan and timing. Plan to train personnel on transitioning to ENFit feeding devices. Partner with suppliers manufacturers and distributors.

Understand what products from each of your enteral device suppliers are or will become available. Significance of the four levels of evidence 25 High We are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of effect Moderate We are moderately confident in the effect estimate: Indications for nutritional therapy Question: Specialized nutrition therapy in the form of EN should be initiated promptly in the hospitalized patient who is at high nutritional risk and is unable to maintain volitional oral intake conditional recommendation, low level of evidence.

EN should be used preferentially over PN in hospitalized patients who require non-volitional specialized nutrition therapy and do not have a contraindication to the delivery of luminal nutrients conditional recommendation, low level of evidence.

Specialized nutrition therapy EN or PN is not required for hospitalized patients who are at low nutritional risk, appear well nourished, and are expected to resume volitional intake within 5 to 7 days following admission conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. PN should be reserved for the hospitalized patient under specific circumstances, when EN is not feasible or sufficient enough to provide energy and protein goals conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Prior to initiation of specialized nutrition therapy either EN or PN , a determination of nutritional risk should be performed using a validated scoring system such as the Nutritional Risk Score NRS or the NUTRIC Score on all patients admitted to the hospital for whom volitional intake is anticipated to be insufficient conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. An additional assessment should be performed prior to initiation of nutrition therapy of factors that may impact the design and delivery of the nutrition regimen conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Surrogate markers of infection or inflammation should not be used for nutritional assessment conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Caloric requirements should be determined and then be used to set the goal for delivery of nutrition therapy conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. One of the three strategies should be used to determine caloric requirements: Protein requirements should be determined independently of caloric needs, and an ongoing assessment of protein provision should be performed conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Nutrition assessment scoring systems used to determine nutrition risk NRS A nasogastric or orogastric feeding tube should be used as the initial access device for starting EN in a hospitalized patient conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Radiologic confirmation of placement in the stomach should be carried out prior to feeding except with the use of electromagnetic transmitter-guided feeding tubes.

Conversion to a post-pyloric feeding tube should be carried out only when gastric feeding has been shown to be poorly tolerated or the patient is at high risk for aspiration strong recommendation, moderate-to-high level of evidence.

When long-term enteral access is needed in a patient with gastroparesis or chronic pancreatitis, a jejunostomy tube should be placed conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. A percutaneous gastrostomy should be placed preferentially in the gastric antrum in order to facilitate conversion to a GJ tube in the event that the patient is intolerant to gastric feeding conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

For the patient at high risk for tube displacement, steps should be taken proactively to secure the access device at the time of placement conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Initiating Enteral Nutrition Question: In the patient at high nutritional risk unable to maintain volitional intake, EN should be initiated within 24—48 h of admission to the hospital conditional recommendation, low level of evidence.

Although early EN should be initiated within 24—48 h of admission, the timing by which to advance to goal is unclear. When tolerated, feeding should be advanced to goal within 48—72 h conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

With reduced tolerance, feeding should be advanced with caution to goal by 5 to 7 days conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. A standard polymeric formula or a high-protein standard formula should be used routinely in the hospitalized patient requiring EN conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

An immune-modulating formula containing arginine and omega-3 fish oil should be used for patients who have had major surgery and are in a surgical ICU setting conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. An immune-modulating formula containing arginine and omega-3 fish oil should not be used routinely in patients in a medical ICU conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Monitoring tolerance and adequacy of EN Question: Hospitalized patients on EN should be monitored daily by physical exam conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Patients on EN should be monitored for adequacy of provision of EN as a percent of target goal calories, cumulative caloric deficit, and inappropriate cessation of EN conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

In the patient at high risk for refeeding syndrome, feeding should be ramped up slowly to goal over 3 to 4 days, while carefully monitoring electrolytes and volume status conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Enteral feeding protocols should be used in hospitalized patients in need of nutrition therapy strong recommendation, moderate-to-high level of evidence. A validated protocol should be used, such as a volume-based feeding protocol or a multi-strategy bundled top-down protocol conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Gastric residual volume GRV should not be used routinely as a monitor in hospitalized patients on EN conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Patients on EN should be assessed for risk of aspiration conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. For patients determined to be at high risk, the following steps should be taken to proactively reduce that risk: For the patient receiving EN who develops diarrhea, an evaluation should be initiated to identify an etiology and direct management conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

The patient receiving EN who develops diarrhea should be managed by one of the three strategies: Complications of enteral access Question: The percutaneous enteral access site should be monitored by cleaning daily with mild soap and water and maintaining correct positioning of the external bolster conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Prevention of tube clogging is important to successful EN and may be achieved by frequent water flushes delivered every shift and each time medications are given conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

When a clogged tube is encountered and the use of water flushes is unsuccessful at clearing, a de-clogging solution comprising a nonenteric-coated pancreatic enzyme tablet dissolved in a sodium bicarbonate solution should be used conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

If still unsuccessful, a mechanical de-clogging device should be considered prior to exchanging the tube for a new one conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. In this latter circumstance, radiologic confirmation should be carried out prior to feeding if there is any question of inappropriate location of the tube conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Placement of a larger tube should not be used to manage leakage caused by an enlarging stoma around the percutaneous access device conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. A percutaneous enteral access device that shows signs of fungal colonization with material deterioration and compromised structural integrity should be replaced in a non-urgent but timely manner conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. If early EN is not feasible and the patient is at low nutritional risk upon admission, no specialized nutrition therapy should be provided and PN should be withheld for the first week of hospitalization conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

If a patient is at high nutritional risk on admission to the hospital and EN is not feasible, PN should be initiated as soon as possible strong recommendation, moderate level of evidence.

Initiating supplemental PN prior to this 7—day period in those patients already receiving EN does not improve outcomes and may be detrimental to the patient strong recommendation, moderate level of evidence.

Following this first week if long-term PN is required , energy provision should be increased to meet energy goals conditional recommendation, low level of evidence.

Peripheral PN PPN should not be used, as it leads to inappropriate use of PN, has a high risk of phlebitis and loss of venous access sites, and generally provides inadequate nutrition therapy conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Careful transition feeding should be used in the patient on PN, for whom EN is now being initiated. As tolerance to EN improves and volume of delivery increases, PN should be tapered to avoid overfeeding conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Nutritional Therapy at End-of-Life Question: The decision to place a gastrostomy tube in an end-of-life situation should be determined by patient autonomy and the wishes of that patient and their family, even though the nutrition therapy may do little to change traditional clinical outcomes conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Percutaneous gastrostomy placement should be considered even if the only benefit is to provide improvement in the quality of life for the family, increased ease of providing nutrition, hydration, and medications, or to facilitate transfer out of the hospital setting to a facility closer to home conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. The clinician is not obligated to provide hydration and nutrition therapy in end-of-life situations.

The decision to initiate nutrition therapy is no different than the decision to stop therapy once it has started thus, clinicians are not obligated to provide therapy that is unwarranted conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. If requested, nutrition therapy in end-stage malignancy should be provided by the enteral route conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Use of PN in this setting may cause net harm and should be highly or aggressively discouraged conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

The clinician who has ethical concerns of his own in a difficult end-of-life situation should excuse himself from the case, as long as he can transfer care to an equally qualified and willing health-care provider conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Summary of Recommendations Indications for nutritional therapy Question: EN should be used preferentially over PN in hospitalized patients who require non-volitional specialized nutrition therapy, and do not have a contraindication to the delivery of luminal nutrients conditional recommendation, low level of evidence. Prior to initiation of specialized nutrition therapy either EN or PN , a determination of nutritional risk should be performed using a validated scoring system such as the NRS or the NUTRIC Score on all patients admitted to the hospital for whom volitional intake is anticipated to be insufficient conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

An additional assessment should be performed prior to initiation of nutrition therapy of factors, which may impact the design and delivery of the nutrition regimen conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Indirect calorimetry conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Simple weight-based equations conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Published predictive equations conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. How should enteral access be achieved, and at what level of the GI tract should enteral nutrition be infused? Radiologic confirmation of placement in the stomach should be carried out prior to feeding except with use of electromagnetic transmitter-guided feeding tubes.

A percutaneous enteral access device should be placed, either via the gastric or jejunal route, if enteral feeding is anticipated to be required for greater than 4 weeks duration conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence.

Initiating enteral nutrition Question: Placement on PN over the first week of nutrition therapy conditional recommendation, low level of evidence. Monitoring tolerance and adequacy of enteral nutrition Question: How should adequacy and tolerance of enteral nutrition be assessed in the hospitalized patient? Gastric residual volume should not be used routinely as a monitor in hospitalized patients on EN conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Use a prokinetic agent conditional recommendation, low level of evidence.

Divert the level of feeding lower in the GI tract strong recommendation, moderate-to-high level of evidence. Switch to continuous infusion conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Use chlorhexidine mouthwash twice daily conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Use of fermentable soluble fiber as an adjunctive supplement to a standard EN formula conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Switching to a commercial mixed fiber soluble and insoluble formula conditional recommendation, low level of evidence.

When and how should parenteral nutrition be utilized in the hospitalized patient? Peripheral PN should not be used, as it leads to inappropriate use of PN, has a high risk of phlebitis and loss of venous access sites, and generally provides inadequate nutrition therapy conditional recommendation, very low level of evidence. Nutritional therapy at end-of-life Question: All authors contributed to the manuscript. History of parenteral nutrition. J Am Coll Nutr ; The skeleton in the hospital closet.

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