'Changing of a Balloon Gastrostomy Tube (BGT) into the Stomach for Adults and Children’

July 2012: In the absence of clear and robust guidance the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) has just launched its first set of BGT good practice guidelines: 'Changing of a Balloon Gastrostomy Tube (BGT) into the Stomach for Adults and Children’, which aims to help healthcare professionals who change gastrostromy tubes. Based upon a consensus of current best practice, the guidelines have been developed by the NNNG executive and have been peer reviewed by experts in the field and are supported by the NPSA* and the MHRA**.

The new BGT Good practice guidelines, which have been produced in response to current demand, are the second in a series developed by the NNNG which are aimed at healthcare professionals to support their current policies and practice.

The new guidelines are available from the NNNG website and are free for members to download www.nnng.org.uk. Annual membership is just £30 which would also give access to:

  • Access to the web-based members' discussion board to discuss clinical problems, professional issues, and share experience and information to assist you to provide high quality care for your patients.
  • A membership newsletter relating to current issues in nutritional care delivered to your door.
  • A free copy of every issue of the British Journal of Community Nursing (BJCN) nutrition supplement, published twice a year in association with BAPEN/NNNG.
  • Invitation to the NNNG Annual Conference at a subsidised rate.
  • Access to a variety of resources on the member's only section of the website.
  • The opportunity to contribute to local and national working groups looking at nutritional issues for patients in hospital and community environments.
  • As a core group member you will receive a reduction in your BAPEN membership fee

For more information, interviews and comment:
Charlotte Messer or Helen Lawn
01892 525141/07928 700277/07879 818247

* National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)

** Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

BAPEN
BAPEN is a charitable association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community. www.bapen.org.uk

The association is made up of influential professional and patient organisations, which work in collaboration to improve and deliver safe and effective nutritional care throughout the UK:

  • BAPEN Medical is primarily aimed at doctors but is open to all those with an interest in clinical nutrition.  Its aims are: Education and training of clinicians at all levels; to encourage research and development and to foster collaborations between members’ research groups; to foster inter-disciplinary links and collaboration between medical specialties; to foster multi-professional links and collaboration between health professionals. www.bapen.org.uk
  • The British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG) is a specialist  group for primarily pharmacists and scientists, but open to all with an interest in clinical nutrition. The group was founded in 1988 following growing concerns about the stability of parenteral nutrition feeds.  BPNG has published position statements on ‘multichamber bags’, in-line filtration of PN and calcium phosphate stability.  Education is now a focus for the group which runs multidisciplinary ‘fundamental parenteral nutrition’ and ‘advanced’ nutrition courses.  Publications include the ‘Handbook for drug administration via enteral feeding tubes’ and a competency framework for pharmacists working within clinical nutrition. www.bpng.co.uk
  • The National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) is a charitable organisation which aims to promote education in nutrition and related subjects for members of the nursing profession, for the public benefit, and especially for the benefit of the hospital and community. www.nnng.org.uk
  • The Nutrition Society was founded in 1941 to ‘advance the scientific study of nutrition and its application to the maintenance of human and animal health’. Highly regarded by the scientific community, the Society is the largest learned society for nutrition in Europe.  Membership is worldwide and is open to those with a genuine interest in the science of human or animal health. www.nutritionsociety.org
  • The Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (PEN) Group is a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association. The PEN Group strives to train, educate, support and represent dietitians working in oral, enteral and parenteral nutrition support in all care settings. The group acts as the professional voice on matters pertaining to nutritional support and is a founder group of BAPEN. Members are registered dietitians who aim to ensure that nutritional support for patients is safe and clinically effective both in hospital and at home. www.peng.org.uk
  • PINNT is the UK support group for patients on home enteral or parenteral nutrition. Established 25 years ago, PINNT has grown into a community that provides genuine understanding to help individuals and carers, deal with the many challenges faced on artificial feeding at home. They also work closely with healthcare professionals, suppliers and manufacturers in order to enhancethe patient journey. The PINNT network provides a unique and united voice to campaign for a better, flexible and safer service. www.pinnt.com
  • BAPEN regional reps are a multidisciplinary team of professionals working in the field of nutrition. Providing a local resource for education, training and support in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, they can be contacted via the BAPEN website.
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