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June 26, 2024

The Emily Program Now Offering Nasogastric (NG) Tube Feeding Services

The Emily Program Now Offering Nasogastric (NG) Tube Feeding Services

The Emily Program, a Specialty Behavioral Health Hospital for children and adolescents with eating disorder diagnoses, now offers nasogastric (NG) tube feeding services for clients determined to be in need of this treatment.

For some young clients, struggling to recover from an eating disorder can be physically and psychologically painful. In restrictive eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, re-feeding can result in medical complications as one’s body readapts to food processing again. NG tube feeding is a method of directly delivering nutrition to a client in a collaborative, client-centered, humane manner toward achieving re-nourishment and recovery. 

Now, clients who need NG tube feeding are able to remain in The Emily Program’s specialized eating disorder care while receiving this intervention. With three full-time MDs, 24-hour nursing, and a high ratio of therapeutic support staff to clients (1:3), NG tube feeding is offered in a safe, nurturing, and well-monitored environment.

As always, The Emily Program will continue to individualize treatment plans for each young client.

The Emily Program treats children and adolescents of all genders, 10–19 years of age, at the inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization/intensive day (PHP/IDP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient levels of care. The Emily Program follows the American Psychiatric Association’s guidelines to determine the appropriate level of care for eating disorder treatment.

  • Inpatient Hospitalization is an intensive level of treatment for clients who are medically unstable and need daily care from a medical doctor alongside frequent nursing care. NG tube feeding would be offered at the inpatient level of care when indicated.
  • Sub-Acute Inpatient/Residential is a structured treatment program for clients requiring constant supervision with around-the-clock nursing care, and whose medical condition indicates a need for MD rounding 2-3 times per week.
  • Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP) is indicated for medically stable clients who need structured programming and are clinically and medically able to go home at night.
  • Intensive Day Programming (IDP) is similar to PHP but may offer slightly fewer hours of care per week. This program supports clients who are medically stable and includes regular sessions with medical staff to maintain health as they begin to spend more time at home.
  • Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) is less intensive and designed for clients transitioning from higher levels of care or those whose conditions are stable enough to require less frequent medical check-ups. Medical oversight includes regular assessments to monitor any health changes and adjust their treatment as needed.
  • Outpatient Programming supports clients as they apply their recovery skills in real-world environments. Outpatient care includes regular medical reviews to ensure the health of the client, alongside ongoing therapy and nutrition counseling.

Please feel free to contact our Intake Team by calling 888-364-5977 for more information.

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