Enteral formula: Selecting the right formula for your patient

  • Renee Blaauw Stellenbosch University
  • Anna-Lena du Toit Groote Schuur Hospital


The availability of various enteral formulae on the market assists in the individualized management of patients. It provides variety in terms of macronutrient content, fluid options and the addition or omission of certain components, e.g. fibre, electrolytes and immunonutrients. It is imperative that health care practitioners should be familiar with all products locally available and should have the ability to select the most appropriate products to meet the patient’s needs. We provide a brief summary of all enteral formulae in terms of unique features and recommendations for use. Practical application is discussed by means of two case studies.

Author Biographies

Renee Blaauw, Stellenbosch University
Division of Human Nutrition Stellenbosch University
Anna-Lena du Toit, Groote Schuur Hospital
Dietetics Department Groote Schuur Hospital Cape Town
How to Cite
Blaauw, R., & du Toit, A.-L. (2017). Enteral formula: Selecting the right formula for your patient. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 30(2), 39-45. Retrieved from http://sajcn.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/SAJCN/article/view/1252
SASPEN Case Study