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Nestle HealthCare Nutrition and A.S.P.E.N. Partner Again to Provide Safe Enteral Nutrition Tips for Pediatric Health Care Professionals.

"Be R.E.A.D.Y." Initiative Drives Awareness to Help Reduce Tube Feeding tube feeding,
n a method for supplying liquid nutrition through a tube that passes through the nasal passages and into the stomach. This method is utilized when ingesting food through the oral cavity is inadvisable or painful due to surgery or injury.
 Errors in Kids

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In partnership with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Enteral nutrition
Nourishment given through a tube or stoma directly into the small intestine, thus bypassing the upper digestive tract.

Mentioned in: Electrolyte Supplements, Enterostomy, Necrotizing Enterocolitis

 (A.S.P.E.N.), Nestle HealthCare Nutrition launched the "Be R.E.A.D.Y." safety initiative at A.S.P.E.N.'s Clinical Nutrition Clinical nutrition
The use of diet and nutritional supplements as a way to enhance health prevent disease.

Mentioned in: Naturopathic Medicine
 Week this week to educate pediatric pediatric /pe·di·at·ric/ (pe?de-at´rik) pertaining to the health of children.

Of or relating to pediatrics.
 health care professionals on safe enteral enteral /en·ter·al/ (en´ter'l) enteric.

1. Within or by way of the intestine, as distinguished from parenteral.

2. Enteric.
 (tube) feeding practices for hospitalized kids.

Be R.E.A.D.Y. is the third in a series of safety-focused programs that have been implemented in hospitals nationwide. This latest initiative focuses on the youngest patient population and uses a step-by-step approach presented in poster format with kid-friendly graphics.

These steps include:

* Right patient, right product, right tube: Trace tubing back to origin

* Early start of enteral feeding: Begin feedings within the first 24-48 hours, per protocol

* Assure proper preparation and handling: Use sterile, liquid enteral nutrition (EN) formulas over powders

* Deliver formula appropriately: Follow recommended hangtimes

* Your safety checklist: Use equipment designed to reduce risk of tubing misconnections, etc.

Tubing and catheter misconnection errors are an important and under-reported problem in the health care setting. Many of the misconnection cases involve universal luer connectors-small devices used in the connection of many medical components and accessories. These universal connectors contribute to errors because they allow staff to connect normally incompatible tubes; an error that can cause serious injury.

Since 2008, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition has incorporated the SpikeRight enteral specific port into its closed tube feeding products to help reduce the risk of tubing misconnections.

"One tubing misconnection can be fatal, and that is one too many," said Carol Siegel, MS, RD, head of medical affairs for Nestle HealthCare Nutrition. "Our ongoing safety program has been used by thousands of health care practitioners nationwide. Nothing is more important than helping protect patients."

Our safety initiatives began in 2009 when Nestle HealthCare Nutrition partnered with A.S.P.E.N. to launch "Be A.L.E.R.T.," the company's first program to promote safe enteral feeding practices. Be A.L.E.R.T was recently recognized by The American Society for Association Executives with its Associations Advance America Award. This award recognizes programs that exemplify the vital role associations and partners play in improving the quality of life in communities across the country.

In 2010, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition and A.S.P.E.N. launched Be A.W.A.R.E. to bring additional attention to safe enteral medication delivery. To date, more than 40,000 Be A.W.A.R.E. and A.L.E.R.T. safety posters have been distributed to health care facilities across the country.

"The Be R.E.A.D.Y. program and its predecessors are an important piece in the overall patient safety puzzle," said Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, CNSN CNSN Client Service for NetWare , director for clinical practice, advocacy, and research affairs at A.S.P.E.N. "Be. R.E.A.D.Y. addresses the critical steps needed to achieve safe enteral feeding in children and illustrates the specific concerns that directly relate to the care of that patient population in an easy-to-read guide for health care practitioners."

Be R.E.A.D.Y. and other safe enteral feeding posters are available for free download on the A.S.P.E.N. website at

About Enteral Feeding

Referred to as "tube-feeding," enteral nutrition is the delivery of nutrients through a tube to the stomach or small intestine small intestine

Long, narrow, convoluted tube in which most digestion takes place. It extends 22–25 ft (6.7–7.6 m), from the stomach to the large intestine.
 when a patient is too ill to eat enough, has a decreased appetite, difficulty in swallowing, or has had surgery that interferes with the ability to eat.

About Nestle HealthCare Nutrition

Nestle HealthCare Nutrition offers nutritional solutions for people with specific dietary needs related to illnesses, disease states or the special challenges of different life stages. Nestle HealthCare Nutrition is part of Nestle Health Science S.A., which became operational on January 1, 2011 and is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Nestle S.A.

About A.S.P.E.N.

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support nutrition support,
n intravenous nutrition or orally modified for-mulas necessitated by inability to consume a general diet; administered to malnourished individuals who cannot consume food in its original form.
 therapy. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 5,500 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition-support clinical practice, research and education. For more information on the A.S.P.E.N. Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations visit

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