Potential Risk of Strangulation with Enteral Feeding Delivery Sets

February 8, 2022

Potential Risk of Strangulation in Children Who Use Enteral Feeding Delivery Sets – FDA Safety Communication

The FDA is warning health care providers, parents and caregivers that there is a risk of strangulation in children who receive enteral feeding. The feeding set tubing can become wrapped around a child’s neck and cause strangulation or death. The FDA has received reports of two toddlers who died after being strangled by the tubing.

This safety communication provides:

  • Recommendations for parents and caregivers of children who receive enteral feeding.
  • Recommendations for health care providers.
  • Background on the issue and the FDA’s actions to address the issue.
  • Instructions for reporting problems with enteral feeding tube delivery sets to the FDA.

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