Nutritional support is therapy for people who cannot get enough nourishment by eating or drinking. You may need it if you
- Can't swallow
- Have problems with your appetite
- Are severely malnourished
- Can't absorb nutrients through your digestive system
You receive nutritional support through a needle or catheter placed in your vein or with a feeding tube, which goes into your stomach.
- Adult Catheter Care and Infection Prevention Guide (Oley Foundation) - PDF
- Central Venous Catheter (Central Line) (American Thoracic Society) - PDF
- Tips for Traveling with HomePEN (Oley Foundation)
- Tube Feeding Troubleshooting Guide (Oley Foundation) - PDF
- Vascular Access Procedures (American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Effect of lower esophageal gastric tube implantation in postoperative enteral nutritional...
- Article: Effect of combined parenteral and enteral nutrition for patients with a...
- Article: Refeeding syndrome is associated with increased mortality in malnourished medical inpatients:...
- Nutritional Support -- see more articles
- LifeLineLetter (Oley Foundation)
- Central Lines (Central Venous Catheters) (Nemours Foundation)
- Gastrostomy Tube (G-Tube) (Nemours Foundation)
- Implanted Ports (Nemours Foundation)
- Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube) (Nemours Foundation)
- Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC Line) (Nemours Foundation)
- Tunneled Central Lines (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Weaning Preparation for Children Fed by G-Tube (Oley Foundation)
- Feeding tube - infants (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Gastrostomy feeding tube - bolus (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Gastrostomy feeding tube - pump (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Jejunostomy feeding tube (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Nasogastric feeding tube (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- PEG tube insertion -- discharge (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish