feeding pump

The dietician and ICU physician determine the amount of liquid (enteral) tube feeding that a patient needs for each day. This amount is entered into the liquid(enteral) tube feeding pump by the ICU nurse. The tube feeding pump delivers the liquid tube (enteral) feeding to the patient at a constant rate over a twenty four hour period. The liquid (enteral) tube feeding will be seen at the patient’s bedside usually hanging from an IV pole. The tube feeding is usually in a container/bag that is connected to the feeding pump. The tube feeding flows through the feeding pump into the patient through a nasogastric, nasoduodenal, jejunostomy, or gastrostomy tube. Not all patients receiving enteral feeds need a liquid(enteral) tube feeding pump. The nursing staff may safely give a measured amount of liquid tube feeding to patients several times daily.