Nurse caring for infant in the NICU

Delayed Oral Feeding and the Feeding Tube Dilemma in the NICU: Determining Discharge Readiness

Barbara Reyna, PhD, RN, NNP-BC
School of Nursing Associate Professor, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Coordinator

Date: November 10, 2022
Time: 4-5 PM
Location: McLeod Hall #5060 or by Zoom.

Determining oral feeding readiness and providing cue-based feeding for infants in the NICU is a cornerstone of practice for the neonatal nurse.  Despite best practices, some infants are unable to achieve full oral feeds but are otherwise ready for discharge.  There is a lack of standardized guidelines for early discharge with tube feedings posing a dilemma for practice.  This presentation will discuss the clinical features of infants that may qualify for home tube feeds, risks, and benefits of nasogastric vs. gastrostomy tubes and the current evidence for safe practices when considering home tube feeds.

All are welcome to attend.

Credit Offered 

  • 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits 
  • 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM 
  • 1.0 Contact Hours 
  • 1.0 IPCE Credits 
  • 1.0 Hours of Participation 

Zoom meeting information:
Meeting ID: 914 8780 5692
Passcode: 042834

Provided by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing, a Joint Accreditation Provider.