"Be R.E.A.D.Y." Initiative Drives Awareness to Help Reduce Tube Feeding Errors in Kids
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In partnership with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), Nestle HealthCare Nutrition launched the "Be R.E.A.D.Y." safety initiative at A.S.P.E.N.'s Clinical Nutrition Week this week to educate pediatric health care professionals on safe enteral (tube) feeding practices for hospitalized kids.
Be R.E.A.D.Y. is the third in a series of safety-focused programs that have been implemented in hospitals nationwide. This latest initiative focuses on the youngest patient population and uses a step-by-step approach presented in poster format with kid-friendly graphics.
These steps include:
- Right patient, right product, right tube: Trace tubing back to origin
- Early start of enteral feeding: Begin feedings within the first 24-48 hours, per protocol
- Assure proper preparation and handling: Use sterile, liquid enteral nutrition (EN) formulas over powders
- Deliver formula appropriately: Follow recommended hangtimes
- Your safety checklist: Use equipment designed to reduce risk of tubing misconnections, etc.
Tubing and catheter misconnection errors are an important and under-reported problem in the health care setting. Many of the misconnection cases involve universal luer connectors—small devices used in the connection of many medical components and accessories. These universal connectors contribute to errors because they allow staff to connect normally incompatible tubes; an error that can cause serious injury.
Since 2008, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition has incorporated the SpikeRight® enteral specific port into its closed tube feeding products to help reduce the risk of tubing misconnections.
"One tubing misconnection can be fatal, and that is one too many," said Carol Siegel, MS, RD, head of medical affairs for Nestle HealthCare Nutrition. "Our ongoing safety program has been used by thousands of health care practitioners nationwide. Nothing is more important than helping protect patients."
Our safety initiatives began in 2009 when Nestle HealthCare Nutrition partnered with A.S.P.E.N. to launch "Be A.L.E.R.T.," the company's first program to promote safe enteral feeding practices. Be A.L.E.R.T was recently recognized by The American Society for Association Executives with its Associations Advance America Award. This award recognizes programs that exemplify the vital role associations and partners play in improving the quality of life in communities across the country.
In 2010, Nestle HealthCare Nutrition and A.S.P.E.N. launched Be A.W.A.R.E. to bring additional attention to safe enteral medication delivery. To date, more than 40,000 Be A.W.A.R.E. and A.L.E.R.T. safety posters have been distributed to health care facilities across the country.
"The Be R.E.A.D.Y. program and its predecessors are an important piece in the overall patient safety puzzle," said Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, CNSN, director for clinical practice, advocacy, and research affairs at A.S.P.E.N. "Be. R.E.A.D.Y. addresses the critical steps needed to achieve safe enteral feeding in children and illustrates the specific concerns that directly relate to the care of that patient population in an easy-to-read guide for health care practitioners."
Be R.E.A.D.Y. and other safe enteral feeding posters are available for free download on the A.S.P.E.N. website at www.nutritioncare.org/safety.
About Enteral Feeding
Referred to as "tube-feeding," enteral nutrition is the delivery of nutrients through a tube to the stomach or small intestine when a patient is too ill to eat enough, has a decreased appetite, difficulty in swallowing, or has had surgery that interferes with the ability to eat.
About Nestle HealthCare Nutrition
Nestle HealthCare Nutrition offers nutritional solutions for people with specific dietary needs related to illnesses, disease states or the special challenges of different life stages. Nestle HealthCare Nutrition is part of Nestle Health Science S.A., which became operational on January 1, 2011 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestle S.A.
The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 5,500 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition-support clinical practice, research and education. For more information on the A.S.P.E.N. Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations visit www.nutritioncare.org/safety.
200129 Rev A
SOURCE Nestle HealthCare Nutrition