Good nutrition is important to everyone but crucial to those with disease-related malnutrition or recovering from surgery. The body will then be working extra hard to restore good health, thus increasing nutritional needs.
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The nutrients needed to build body tissue and provide energy for bodily functions include: carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Normally these are provided by a balanced diet as a result of everyday eating and drinking. However, if a patient has a problem with their digestive system, it may be necessary for you to receive your nutrition in liquid form through a tube.
You will be accessed to ensure that the type of tube feeding that is made available to you will be appropriate for you to maximise your nutritional intake. There are different types of liquid feeds that will be used, again to ensure you receive an intake that suits your body and your individual medical situation.
As you are monitored there may be times where feeds are changed, it may be to introduce/reduce calories, add/remove individual components, alter feeding times and volumes - all to ensure you retain a healthy nutritional balance.
There will be a number of people involved with your nutritional care. Many hospitals have a 'Nutrition Team' who have constituent members; Consultant, nutrition nurse specialist, dietitian and pharmacist. Additional members may be a bio-chemist, speech and language therapist or a psychologist. Where there is no nutrition team you will have nominated healthcare professionals who will manage your care. You should always find out who and how to contact your nominated healthcare professionals when you have issues/questions/concerns in relation to your home artificial nutrition therapy.