CoxHealth at Home offers a complete line of products and supplies prescribed for patients who are unable to maintain nutritional needs through a typical diet. The therapy can be a short- or long-term need based on patient’s clinical condition and include total parenteral nutrition or enteral nutrition. Therapy can be initiated in a patient’s home and administered via bolus, gravity, infusion pump, or even taken orally.
Total Parenteral Nutrition
Total parenteral nutrition is a method of feeding that bypasses the gastrointestinal tract. A special formula given through a vein provides most of the nutrients the body needs. This method is used when someone can’t or shouldn’t receive feedings or fluids by mouth. Total parenteral nutrition therapy provided in the home can significantly decrease a patient’s length of hospitalization and assist in containing medical costs.
Enteral feeding is nutrition taken through the mouth or through a tube that goes directly to the stomach or small intestine. A person on enteral feeds usually has a condition or injury that prevents eating a regular diet by mouth, but their GI tract is still able to function.
Being fed through a tube allows them to receive nutrition and keep their GI tract working. Enteral feeding may make up their entire caloric intake or may be used as a supplement.