Date lodged: 3 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many patients have had feeding tubes fitted in each year since 2007, broken down by NHS board.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 October 2018
The Scottish Government does not hold any data on how many patients have had feeding tubes fitted.
Data from the Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit group's report "Audit of Critical Care in Scotland 2018 Reporting on 2017" showed that in 2017, the provision of enteral nutrition (which can include tube feeding) in Scotland Intensive Care Units was 37% and the provision of parenteral nutrition (i.e. intravenously) in Scotland Intensive Care Units was 8% in 2016.