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BTF for adult patients-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Common indications for Blenderized Tube Feeding (BTF) with adult patients typically includes patients who are expected to be on tube feeding long term.[1]

Typical conditions/disease states include, Oncology, Stroke, ALS, Dysphagia, and TBI. BTF is commonly used in Acute Care, Post Acute Care, and Outpatient settings.[3]

References:

1. Johnson , Teresa, director. Blenderized Tube Feeding for Adult Enteral Nutrition Patients. YouTube, ASPEN , 3 Nov. 2020.                                                       

  1.                 www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX1lVPWQk_w&t=1s. 

Drug absorption-Tuesday Tube Fact

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Some medications may not be administered with enteral formulas because they form precipitates that may clog the feeding tube and reduce drug absorption.[1]

To avoid compromising nutritional status, minimize the amount of time that feeding is interrupted by using once or twice daily dosage regimens.[3]

References:

  1. Beckwith, M. C., Feddema, S. S., Barton, R. G., & Graves, C. (2004). A Guide to Drug Therapy in Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes: Dosage Form Selection and Administration Methods. Hospital Pharmacy, 39(3), 225–237. https://doi.org/10.1177/001857870403900308

Blind bedside placement rate-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Over 25 years of documented evidence concluded that between 1%- 2% of blindly placed small bore feeding tubes enter the airway UNDETECTED.[1]

The large number of blind feeding tube placements results in unacceptable numbers of unnecessary harm to patients.[3]

References:

  1. Krenitsky, J. Blind Bedside Placement of Feeding Tubes: Treatment or Threat? Practical Gastroenterology. 2011. March; 32-42.

Risks associated with malnutrition-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Feelings of apathy, depression, fatigue, and loss of morale have been produced as a result of malnutrition and dehydration.[1]

References:

  1. Lord, L.M. Enteral Access Devices: Types, Function, Care, and Challenges. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2018. 33(1): 16-38.