This is a method of feeding, which requires the deliverance of liquid food through a catheter inserted directly into the GI tract of the patient. The tubes can be changed and vary, based on the needs of the patient. For instance, a nasal tube can be used to feed someone via the mouth, while a jejunostomy tube can be used for people whose stomachs can’t digest food normally.
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Parenteral feeding is a method in which nutrients are put directly into the blood stream of the patient. In order to do this, catheters are inserted into the patients jugular vein, subclavian vein, or in one of the arm’s larger blood vessels. This method is used in patients who can’t digest food on their own, however it is also recommended to be used on babies who have not developed properly, or are born with birth defects.
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