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dc.contributor.advisorCarol Bova
dc.contributor.authorEmmons, Margaret M.
dc.date2022-08-11T08:09:03.000
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-23T16:16:39Z
dc.date.available2022-08-23T16:16:39Z
dc.date.issued2014-12-01
dc.date.submitted2015-07-23
dc.identifier.doi10.13028/wmd5-p208
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/34380
dc.description.abstractMechanically ventilated critically ill patients treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) require enteral feedings to maintain adequate nutrition during critical illness. Delivery of adequate enteral nutrition is also critical to the recovery of critically ill patients. Enteral nutrition has been shown to decrease length of time on the ventilator, decrease length of stay and ICU and decrease mortality. Despite all the evidence regarding the benefits of enteral nutrition, critically ill patients continue to receive less than their prescribed calories and protein. Nurses are in a unique position to influence the delivery of enteral nutrition. Nursing practices that contribute to underfeeding must be identified and corrected to ensure adequate delivery of nutrients is achieved. The purpose of the study was to describe the professional practice of critical care nurses regarding enteral feeding in mechanically ventilated critically ill patients. Several barriers were identified by the participants in the study that contributed to underfeeding including inconsistent practice regarding gastric residual volume, holding feeds when changing patient position and lack of a standardized protocol for enteral feeding. Also identified in the study was the idea that nurses do not see enteral feeding as a life-saving intervention. It is not the “sexy part” of what ICU nurses do. Enteral feeding guidelines need to be developed to include those interventions that are important to nursing practice in order to increase enteral feeding times and improve patient outcomes.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.rights© Copyright by Margaret Emmons 2014. All Rights Reserved.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectCritical Care Nursing
dc.subjectCritical Illness
dc.subjectEnteral Nutrition
dc.subjectIntensive Care Units
dc.subjectProfessional Practice
dc.subjectRespiration
dc.subjectArtificial
dc.subjectCritical Care
dc.subjectCritical Care Nursing
dc.titleExploring the Enteral Feeding Practices Used by Critical Care Nurses: A Dissertation
dc.typeDoctoral Dissertation
dc.identifier.legacyfulltexthttps://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1044&context=gsn_diss&unstamped=1
dc.identifier.legacycoverpagehttps://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsn_diss/34
dc.legacy.embargo2016-09-25T00:00:00-07:00
dc.identifier.contextkey7360938
refterms.dateFOA2022-08-24T03:15:54Z
html.description.abstract<p>Mechanically ventilated critically ill patients treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) require enteral feedings to maintain adequate nutrition during critical illness. Delivery of adequate enteral nutrition is also critical to the recovery of critically ill patients. Enteral nutrition has been shown to decrease length of time on the ventilator, decrease length of stay and ICU and decrease mortality. Despite all the evidence regarding the benefits of enteral nutrition, critically ill patients continue to receive less than their prescribed calories and protein. Nurses are in a unique position to influence the delivery of enteral nutrition. Nursing practices that contribute to underfeeding must be identified and corrected to ensure adequate delivery of nutrients is achieved. The purpose of the study was to describe the professional practice of critical care nurses regarding enteral feeding in mechanically ventilated critically ill patients. Several barriers were identified by the participants in the study that contributed to underfeeding including inconsistent practice regarding gastric residual volume, holding feeds when changing patient position and lack of a standardized protocol for enteral feeding. Also identified in the study was the idea that nurses do not see enteral feeding as a life-saving intervention. It is not the “sexy part” of what ICU nurses do. Enteral feeding guidelines need to be developed to include those interventions that are important to nursing practice in order to increase enteral feeding times and improve patient outcomes.</p>
dc.identifier.submissionpathgsn_diss/34
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Nursing


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