Enteral nutrition for older adults in nursing facilities.

  title={Enteral nutrition for older adults in nursing facilities.},
  author={Becky Dorner and Mary Ellen Posthauer and Elizabeth K Friedrich and Gretchen E Robinson},
  journal={Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition},
  volume={26 3},
Older adults who reside in nursing facilities tend to be frail and to have multiple comorbidities, increased risk of unintended weight loss, and protein energy malnutrition. Approximately 5.8% of nursing facility residents in the United States receive enteral feedings. The prevalence is higher for residents with cognitive impairment, ranging from 18% to 34%. In cognitively impaired residents, the majority of tube feeding placements occur in the acute care setting and result in significant use… CONTINUE READING
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