The aims of this clinical guideline are:
to ensure that all practices associated with the commencement, care, management and replacement of enteral feeding devices in infants, children and young people are based on the best current evidence.
to standardise practice both for the management of enteral feeding and replacement of enteral feeding devices across all Health and Social Care Trusts to ensure a consistent approach for staff and families.
to provide a standardised approach to training for all staff and parents whose infants/children/young people require enteral feeding.
to improve communication and documentation processes between hospital and community for infant/children/young people that require enteral feeding.
Note: This guideline excludes neonates/ pre-term babies because their physiology is different to that of an older baby. As a result, staff caring for such babies within neonatal units should adhere to national, regional and local guidance.
Throughout these guidelines the terminology ‘child’ covers infant, child and young person.