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Nestle HealthCare Nutrition and HealthCare Professionals Join Forces to Improve Patient Safety
Date:2/8/2010

'Be A.W.A.R.E.' Initiative Drives Awareness for Improving the Safety of Enteral Medication Delivery

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nestle HealthCare Nutrition today announced the launch of a new initiative to promote safer medication delivery through an enteral feeding tube in hospitals based on the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations.

The "Be A.W.A.R.E." campaign is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of the simple steps needed to increase patient safety among medical professionals who deliver medications to hospital patients. The "Be A.W.A.R.E." campaign will be implemented in hospitals nationwide to help reduce the risk of medication errors and improve patient outcomes.

In releasing recommendations for improving enteral feeding safety last year, A.S.P.E.N. noted that practice differs considerably from guidelines for medication delivery through the enteral route. Surveys found that practitioners failed to complete certain simple practices and that such failures may contribute to measurable adverse outcomes. Practices that have been noted to be of concern include:

  • Failing to flush enteral feeding tubes before or between medications
  • Administering multiple drugs together
  • Improperly diluting liquid medication
  • Crushing modified-release dosage forms

"We are committed to raising awareness about safe tube-feeding practices," said Carol Siegel, MS, RD, head of medical affairs for Nestle Nutrition. "Medication delivery errors can have serious consequences. This is a serious problem that needs industry-wide recognition. It will require the attention and collaboration of hospitals, healthcare professiona
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