Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Project Team Faculty Member

Rebecca Collier DNP, CRNA, APRN


Perioperative, burn, nutrition, pediatric, feeding


Pediatric burn patients require an astronomical amount of nutritional support to promote wound healing and prevent unwanted side effects. These patients often require multiple surgeries, and consequently, when following standard NPO guidelines, these patients go for hours without any nutritional support. For this reason, a protocol was implemented on how to administer tube feedings throughout the perioperative process safely. The purpose of this project was to give a PowerPoint presentation to the providers that tested their current knowledge on how to manage tube feedings in the operative setting best. A single group design consisting of CRNA’s and an anesthesiologist was given an evidence-based protocol on managing perioperative tube feedings for this patient population. The results of the post-presentation survey concluded that the providers gained new knowledge on how to manage tube feedings in the perioperative setting best and were willing to implement the protocol if hospital policy allowed them. A limitation was getting the cooperation of each department head to go along with the protocol. In conclusion, if the protocol can get the support of each medical team, it can then be implemented in an actual surgical case. From there, its effectiveness can be evaluated for improved patient outcomes.

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