Can Your Tube-Fed Patients Have Real Food? A Skills Workshop on Blenderized Tube Feeding
This educational session will equip healthcare professionals with the tools needed to effectively and proactively manage enteral nutrition (EN) consumers interested in or using blenderized tube feeding (BTF). Participants will review demonstrations of BTF preparation, build a basic BTF recipe, and observe administration of BTF via bolus, gravity, and pump methods. Additionally, participants will navigate food safety issues associated with home blending and explore the current conflicting research about microbial contamination in commercial formula and blenderized tube feeding. Commercial blenderized formulas will also be reviewed.
- Summarize the research findings on BTF including safety and efficacy with particular attention to microbial contamination concerns.
- Create a basic BTF recipe with considerations for age, volume, consistency, microbial concerns, and nutritional adequacy.
- Describe administration of BTF recipes through enteral access devices (EAD) using syringes, the bFed system, gravity feeding bags, enteral pumps.
- 10.2.5 Develops nutrition prescription to communicate required food and nutrient needs.
- 7.2.11 Applies knowledge of hygienic food preparation practices and causes of foodborne illness in food preparation.
- 8.4.2 Develops and/or modifies recipes, menus and meals using sensory perceptions and other food components.
Katherine Bennett, RD, MPH, CLEC
Clinical Dietitian IV
Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Teresa Johnson, DCN, RDN, FAND
Shawna Walker, RDN
The Resource Exchange (Services for Children with Special Needs)