Nutritional support is for people who cannot get enough nourishment by eating or drinking. You may need it if you
You receive nutritional support through a needle or catheter placed in your vein or with a feeding tube, which goes into your stomach.
Giving nutritional support can have both benefits and risks. Families considering nutritional support for a loved one who cannot make decisions should discuss the options with the patient's doctor.
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)