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Authors

  1. Shellnutt, Cathleen DNP, APRN, AGCNS-BC, CGRN

Abstract

Feeding initiation after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube insertion might occur anywhere from 4 to 24 hours after insertion in the practice setting. A review and appraisal of the literature reveals that feeding initiation is both safe and prudent within 4 hours of placement. Early feeding initiation allows for medications and nutrition to be given by enteral means earlier, resulting in a cost benefit for facilities and allowing patients to be discharged home or transferred to long-term care sooner. Nursing theory supports early feeding after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement. Early feedings provide patients with relief of their hunger and allow the patients and caregivers to move forward with the next level of care in their recovery.