Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Discuss how gut structure and function impact choice of feeding route and outcome of feeding.

2. Evaluate patient-specific parameters to determine whether enteral nutrition (EN) is appropriate.

3. Compare clinical efficacy, complications, and costs of EN versus parenteral nutrition (pn).

4. Choose an appropriate method of EN delivery based on patient-specific parameters.

5. Estimate kilocalorie and protein requirements of an enteral feeding candidate and design an EN regimen to meet these.

6. Choose an appropriate category of EN product given patient-specific parameters.

7. Formulate a monitoring plan for an EN patient.

8. Select appropriate medication administration techniques for an EN patient.

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