Infectious Complications

Infectious complications of EN include aspiration pneumonia and infections related to delivery of contaminated EN formula. Aspiration is a complication with GI, mechanical, and infectious implications. Although GI infections owing to contamination of enteral formulas have been reported uncommonly, there is ample opportunity for these formulas to be seeded with organisms during the processes of transferring from the can to the delivery bag with ready-to-use formulas and during the process of reconstitution with powdered formulas. The so-called closed systems of delivery, wherein the formulas come from the manufacturer premixed in a delivery bag, should help to decrease the chance of formula contamination.

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