Working in the healthcare field, you will find people receiving fluids and nutrients through alternative methods. Many of the individuals you provide care for suffer from severe illnesses, advanced age, or other medical conditions that interfere with their chewing, swallowing, or digestive abilities. Those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s for example, may have forgotten how to eat or swallow and are therefore unable to consume food and fluids through their mouths. There are three common alternative feeding methods. These methods are intravenous therapy, enteral nutrition, and total parenteral nutrition. As a CNA, it is important for you to be familiar with each alternative feeding method and in what situations each is used. You should also know your responsibilities when caring for individuals who rely on alternative feeding methods. This course has been prepared with those objectives in mind.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Intravenous Therapy A. Intravenous Therapy B. Summary C. Review Section 3: Enteral Nutrition A. Enteral Nutrition B. Summary C. Review Section 4: Total Parenteral Nutrition A. Total Parenteral Nutrition Section 5: Relevance to Total Individual Care A. Relevance to Total Individual Care Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributors D. References
Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA has worked in long-term care for 20 years. Mrs. Swann has worked in many positions including Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator and Nursing Home Administrator. Cheryl is certified in both Gerontological nursing and wound care. In the past, she has assisted in the operations of multiple nursing facilities, including staffing, payroll, public health concerns, family member issues, management of consultant relationships (e.g. pharmacy, dietary, etc.), and as an intermediary between long-term care facilities and doctors. Mrs. Swann worked closely with federal monitors and the Office of Inspector General in developing an effective Continuous Quality Improvement and compliance program in her organization. Mrs. Swann has presented nationally regarding effective Quality Assurance, Restraint Reduction, Wound Prevention, CMS Five Star Quality Rating System and Developing a Corporate Compliance Program. Her expertise includes staff training and development, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement initiatives, and policy development. Disclosure: Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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