The "2009 ASPEN Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations" suggest the following initiation and advancement schedule for pump-assisted feedings1.
Adults: Initiate at 10-40 mL per hour and advance to goal rate by 10-20 mL per hour every 8-12 hours or as tolerated by the patient.
Pediatrics: Initiate at 1-2 mL per kg of weight per hour and advance by 0.5-1.0 mL per kg per hour every 6-24 hours or as tolerated until goal rate is reached.
If you are transitioning your patient from another formula to Kate Farms:
You can slowly incorporate Kate Farms with the patient’s current formula. The following tables are meant to act as a guide to clinical practice.
1. Bankhead, R., Boullata, J., Brantley, S., Corkins, M., Guenter, P., Krenitsky, J. et al. (2009). ASPEN Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr.33(2);122-167.
These practice guidelines are intended to assist you in providing quality patient care. They do not alter, replace, eliminate, or dilute any of the existing federal procedures, guidelines, or regulations applicable to this topic or your facility’s protocol. The content in this guide is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to be medical advice. It is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare team. Please consult your healthcare team with any questions about your home tube-feeding plan.
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