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Introduction to to Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Feeding in Infants (Enteral Feeding)

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
April 2024
Study Mode
1 Day

This session aims to familiarise students with the reason and methods of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Feeding, (PEG).

PEG feeding is used to maintain the nutrition and hydration in infants who are unable to eat and drink by mouth for various medical reasons.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Course units

Throughout this session we will explore:

  • What is a PEG - have an awareness of what a PEG is. You will identify and understand the medical conditions that may require a PEG. You will be able to identify the procedure for PEG feed insertion and learn about aftercare.
  • Benefits and risks associated with PEG feeding - what are the longer term risks.
  • Location of the feeding tube with the reasons why it won’t fall out once in situ - you will review anatomy and physiology related to the gastrointestinal system.
  • Nutrition and hydration - you will discuss how nutrition and hydration is relevant to an individual with a PEG device and you will learn how to recognise signs and symptoms of dehydration.
  • Possible complications - including its relationship with the administration of medicines and what can go wrong with treatment.
  • Why communication is important between all those involved in PEG feed care - we all need to share information with colleagues/friends but what does it mean for PEG feeding information and documentation?
  • Person centred care, infection control and good documentation (let's stay safe) - you will learn how complete documentation in a safe and legal manner by adhering to standards, policies and procedures.


The tutor will observe participants during the practical scenarios will provide feedback and guidance for improvement.

Course fees

This course is fully-funded and so is free to study.

Course progression

You may wish to progress to study another of our Health & Social Care courses. Visit the curriculum page for more information.

Dates & course durations

10th April 2024, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Study methods

  • Presentation of key facts and outline of the session.
  • Practical Scenarios: participants will engage in simulated scenarios to apply learned principles in a controlled environment.
  • Q&A and discussion: an opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss specific challenges related to moving and handling in their clinical practice.
  • Kahoot quiz to check knowledge and understanding.
  • Collaborative discussion to encourage participant engagement and knowledge-sharing.


This course will take place in our clinical room, which has a range of healthcare equipment for students to use to build their knowledge and skills.

Additional costs


Career progression

This course will provide a flavour of what it's like to work in the healthcare sector, and you may wish to study other health & social care courses to complement it. This session on Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) feeding aims to provide a wide-ranging understanding behind the reasons for PEG feeding, the procedure itself, and best practices for patient care in the context of enteral nutrition.

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