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Did you know…?

Digestive enzymes, when used off-label to unclog feeding tubes, may damage tube walls.[1]

In addition, carbonated drinks, pineapple juice, and sodium bicarbonate solution may cause tube degradation.[2]

References:

  1. Rucart, P.A., Boyer-Grand, A., Santou-Miranda, V., and Chopineau, J. Influence of Unclogging Agents on the Surface State of Enteral Feeding Tubes. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2011. 35(2):255-263.
  2. Stroud, M., Duncan, H., Nightingale, J. Guidelines for enteral feeding in adult hospital patients. Gut. 2003. 52:vii1-vii12.