Continuous Versus Bolus Gastric Feeding in Children Receiving Mechanical Ventilation: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Ann-Marie Brown, PhD, CPNP-AC/PC, CCRN, Erik C. Madsen, MD, PhD, Charlene P. Leonard, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, Sharon L. Leslie, MSLS, AHIP, Christine Allen, MD, Vijay Srinivasan, MBBS, MD, and Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jan 31, 2023

Topics: Evidence-Based Practice, Gastrointestinal, Patient Safety

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff, Educator, APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This article reviews the effectiveness and safety of bolus compared to continuous NG feeds in mechanically ventilated pediatric patients.


  • Understand the systematic review process.
  • Describe evidence about the effectiveness and safety of bolus versus continuous nasogastric feedings in pediatric patients receiving mechanical ventilation.
  • Apply the current evidence in the administration of enteral nutrition.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.