Nutritional Insufficiency: Patient and Tube-Related Complications

Requirements for Successful Completion

Each module is individually accredited. To receive CE credit, participants must first review the module materials. Following the completion of the module, the participant will be instructed to take a post test and achieve a minimum passing score of 70%. Lastly, the participant will be instructed to complete an Evaluation and will then be given access to their certificate of credit or completion.

Feeding tube placement for enteral nutrition support is commonly used in patients who are critically ill and those who are chronically ill and are unable to meet nutritional needs orally.

Enteral nutrition delivers nutrients directly to the gastrointestinal tract, whereas parenteral nutrition is given via intravenous administration. Many clinicians prefer enteral nutrition because food in the gut plays an important role in maintaining normal physiology, including immune function.

A number of complications can occur when patients are tube fed. These complications can be patient related or tube related.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for nurses and other extended healthcare providers who are at the forefront of assessing and caring for patients.

Activity Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participant should be able to:

  • Discuss patient-related complications for patients who are tube fed.
  • Identify patient attributes resulting in a higher risk for dehydration.
  • Discuss how to manage aspiration and other tube fed patient complications.
  • Explain how to reduce risk factors and prevent tube complications.

Activity Goal

This activity is designed to address the following core and team competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Employ Evidenced-based Practice, and Roles & Responsibilities.


Ciné-Med adheres to accreditation requirements regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of the planning committee and faculty's commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are required to openly disclose any limitations of data and/or any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentations.

All Ciné-Med employees and subject matter experts in control of content have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Kellene Isom, MS, RD, LDN
Nurse Development Specialist
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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In support of improving patient care, Ciné-Med Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit not currently offered for this module.

Release: October 1, 2016
Expiration: October 1, 2018

Commercial Support

This activity is being supported in part by an educational grant from Cardinal Health.