National Nurses Nutrition Group National Nurses Nutrition Group

Enteral Plastic Safety Group (EPSG) Statement

Following a full consultation in November 2013 regarding the practice of administering liquidised  food via enteral feeding tubes, the group has reached a consensus to not endorse this method of  enteral feeding practice. In general, the manufacturer’s guidance states that only enteral feeding  products defined as Foods for Special Medical Purposes and water are administered via enteral

feeding tubes, giving/extension sets and feeding pumps in the UK.

Any patient/carer wishing to make an informed choice to administer liquidised food via their enteral  feeding tube should have an individualised enteral feeding risk assessment carried out in line with  their Trust or Clinical Commissioning Group risk assessment policy. The level of risk identified should form a written agreement by the relevant patient/carer/ clinician in line with local guidance.

Further detailed information can be downloaded

enteral-plastic-safety-group-statement

intro-to-risk-assessment-template

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