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Background: An appropriate nutritional management is necessary for patients who need enteral nutrition via tube feeding with regard to nutritional status and complications.
Objective: To evaluate the nutritional status and clinical outcomes of pediatric patients receiving the home enteral nutrition program of the Center for Home Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (HOPE)
Methods: Data from medical records and the HOPE nutrition record forms was collected and analyzed in this preliminary study. The median age of patients when starting to receive this home enteral nutrition program was 2 years old (range from 0.75 to 17 years old). The proportion of patients with underweight, stunting and wasting at entry and after being under care of Center for HOPE were 53.4% vs 33.3%, 63.3% vs 57.1%, and 33.3% vs 15%, respectively. Feeding-related complications were found in 25% of patients (11/43). Eighteen percent of patients was able to wean off enteral nutrition via tube feeding.
Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the home enteral nutrition program of the Center for HOPE helps patients to improve their nutritional status and one-fifth of patients can wean off enteral nutrition.
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