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The development of a relatively safe endoscopic procedure for the insertion of gastrostomy tubes has led to a staggering increase in the number of people who receive tube feeding. The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) procedure has made enteral feeding available to many people who would not previously have received it. Tube feeding is more than formulae and equipment. People can be devastated to learn that they will no longer be able to eat and drink normally. In adjusting to the personal and social challenges involved, patients and their families require compassion and understanding. 'Gastrostomy Care' draws on the clinical expertise of a wide range of health professionals. This wealth of practical clinical experience has produced an informative text that is enhanced with illustrative case studies, practical assessment tools, sample forms, and explanatory diagrams and photographs. In keeping with the evidence based nature of the text, the book concludes with a list of references and a comprehensive, cross referenced index. This book provides expert practical support for health professionals who care for people with gastrostomy tubes and for those who are involved in helping patients and their families make informed decisions about tube feeding.
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