Enteral formula : selecting the right formula for your patient
CITATION: Blaauw, R. & Du Toit, A. L. 2017. Enteral formula : selecting the right formula for your patient. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 30(2):39-45.
The original publication is available at http://www.sajcn.co.za
The availability of various enteral formulae on the market assists in the individualized management of patients. It provides variety in terms of macronutrient content, fluid options and the addition or omission of certain components, e.g. fibre, electrolytes and immunonutrients. It is imperative that health care practitioners should be familiar with all products locally available and should have the ability to select the most appropriate products to meet the patient’s needs. We provide a brief summary of all enteral formulae in terms of unique features and recommendations for use. Practical application is discussed by means of two case studies.