Living with an enteral tube
Authors: Green, S.
Editors: Buksa, M., Tomlin, H., Ore, E. and Scutti, J.
Publisher: Bournemouth University
Place of Publication: Bournemouth, Dorset
An enteral feeding tube is a medical device which is used to provide nutrition to people who cannot obtain nutrition by mouth, are unable to swallow safely, or need nutritional supplementation. Many people living at home have a tube long-term and the use of the tubes is increasing. This short film describes the experience of living with an enteral tube day to day and draws on recently published research findings (Green, Townsend, Jarrett and Fader 2019 and Green, Townsend, Jarrett, Westoby and Fader 2019). The Chair of PINNT, a national support group run by people with tubes and their carers, and the President of BAPEN, a national charitable association which advances the nutritional care of patients, contribute to the film highlighting the importance of partnership working to improve support for people with tubes. This video will be used in nursing and allied healthcare professional programmes to raise awareness of the experience of people with enteral tubes and their carers.