Insertion of Feeding Tubes

The manual insertion of a feeding tube is an invasive procedure. In accordance with section 6 of the Dietitians Regulation, a Registered Dietitian (RD) may insert a nasal or oral feeding tube when acting under the delegated authority of a medical practitioner and in accordance with specified standards.

“Delegated authority” from a physician to insert a feeding tube means specific instructions for each client and dietitian.

Dietitians must be registered with Restricted Activities A and C to insert feeding tubes.
Annual declaration of certification and competence is required to practice feeding tube insertions.

Standards

Practice Guidelines

Declaration of Certification for Gastric (naso/oro) Feeding Tube Insertion

Declaration of Certification for Post-pyloric (naso/oro) Feeding Tube Insertion