BAPEN would like to draw the attention of those dealing with enteral tube feeding during the COVID-19 crisis to a number of important issues.
BAPEN recognises that resources will be limited and often patchy depending on availability of appropriately trained staff – doctors, nurses, dietitians and pharmacists. The demands posed by large numbers of COVID -19 patients with pneumonia, especially on CPAP or ventilators in critical care and intensive care settings will test the capacity of all involved. It follows that special care still needs to be taken to ensure nutritional support is given where indicated whilst avoiding complications associated with tube misplacement in the lungs or oesophagus followed by infusion of nutrients, drugs or water – so called “Never Events”.
BAPEN has provided the following advice: