Tube Feeding in the Elderly: Applying Documented Outcomes to the Decision-Making Process


Tube feedings are being placed in the elderly at an ever-increasing rate without clear evidence of potential benefit to the patient. This basic to intermediate course provides a research review of outcomes of tube feedings in the elderly and chronically ill, and the risks involved with oral vs. non-oral nutrition. It is of interest to Dysphagia Therapists, Social Service Workers, Nurses, Dietitians, and anyone who assists with nutritional decision-making.

Course Goal: Participants will be able to make appropriate recommendations and assist with decision making based on documented benefits and contraindications of tube feeding.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this interactive course, the participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate between quality of life and biomedical reasons for placement of feeding tubes
  • Discuss literature related to feeding tube placement in geriatric patients
  • List burdens and liabilities of feeding tube placement
  • Differentiate aspiration pneumonia from aspiration pneumonitis
  • State risk factors for developing aspiration-related illness
  • Apply basic ethical considerations, patient rights, and informed consent to the decision-making process

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