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Enteral Feeding Misconnections: A Consortium Position Statement

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A 24-year-old woman was 35 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalized for vomiting and dehydration. A bag of ready-to-hang enteral feeding was brought to the floor, and the nurse, assuming it was total parenteral nutrition, which the woman had received on previous admissions, pulled regular intravenous tubing from floor stock, spiked the bag, and started the infusion of tube feeding through the patient's peripherally inserted central catheter line. The fetus died—and then the mother, after several hours of excruciating pain.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2008

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