Monitoring and complications

Although complications of EN generally are considered less serious than those of PN, some complications nevertheless can be dangerous or can lead to impaired delivery of desired nutrient load. Complications of EN can be divided into four categories: GI, technical, infectious, and metabolic. The first three of these categories, along with common causes, are listed in Table 101-8. Patients on EN must be monitored for prevention of complications (Table 101-9). Note that monitoring of many parameters can become less frequent as the patient's condition stabilizes. Monitoring for efficacy of EN is also important.

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