Enteral nutrition is the nutritional feeding of a patient directly into the patient’s stomach, whereas parenteral nutrition is the nutritional feeding of a patient through the patient’s vein (see “Pharmacy Infusion Therapy – Parenteral Nutrition” for additional information concerning parenteral nutrition).
Enteral nutrition should be considered when a patient can no longer consume calories and protein at a level adequate to maintain ideal body weight and optimal health. The patient is fed a completely liquid, medically nutritious formula instead of solid food. The formula is fed through a feeding tube that has been placed in either the stomach or small intestine.
Carmichael’s experienced technicians work closely with the primary caregiver to ensure the patient obtains the proper nutritional intake during treatment. Our knowledgeable staff makes it easier for home health agencies, physicians and, most importantly, patients to transition into a stable home care environment. Our extensive service line and reputable customer service make it easier for home health agencies and patients to obtain nutritional packets and equipment, regardless of their location – even in rural areas.
Carmichael’s makes the prescribing process easy with customer friendly service and the knowledge base of our highly trained staff. We can arrange for therapy and provide insurance coverage information. Medicare and Medicaid will cover enteral nutrition therapy in cases where the patient is determined unable to accept nutrition by mouth.
Some of the advantages in dealing with Carmichael’s and products and services offered are:
- Comprehensive enteral nutritional products and therapy
- Feeding pumps and bags, tubing, syringes and other accessories
- Delivery of products and equipment to private homes, nursing homes, hospitals and group homes
- Accreditation by The Joint Commission
Carmichael’s professionals have hospital and long-term care experience in prescribing, configuring and assisting healthcare providers with the enteral qualification and therapy processes. Our nutritional assessment provides a basis for prescribing the appropriate formula and assessing calorie and protein requirements, as well as determining tolerance of formulas and follow-up necessary to ensure improvements in the overall well-being of the patient.