fbpx

Syringe Force May Indicate Clogged Tube – Tuesday Tube Facts

Did you know…?

Increased force on a syringe may indicate a clog is beginning to form in the feeding tube.[1]

It is recommended to address a clog as soon as possible, as the longer it sits the less likely a clearing attempt will be successful.[2]

References:

  1. Actuated Medical, Inc. (2019, September 20). Syringe Force on Clogged Feeding Tubes [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.tubeclear.com/2019/09/30/syringe-force-on-clogged-feeding-tubes/.
  2. Lord, L.M. Enteral Access Devices: Types, Function, Care, and Challenges. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2018. 33(1): 16-38.

Excessive Force May Rupture Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

Did you know…?

Flushing with excessive force may rupture feeding tubes.[1]

In fully blocked tubes, water may blow backward toward the clinician attempting to flush.[1]

References:

  1. Richards, S., Walsh, K. (2016), Feeding Tube Irrigation: Performing. Nursing Practice and Skill. https://www.ebscohost.com/assets-sample-content/Feeding_Tube_Irrigation_Performing_-_NSP.pdf. Accessed 9/27/19.

Device More Effective Than Flushing with Water – Tuesday Tube Facts

Did you know…?

The TubeClear system was 146% more effective at removing buildup from the inside walls of feeding tubes than flushing with water alone.[1]

Even with regular water flushes, feeding tubes still clog 15% of the time.[2]

References:

  1. Actuated Medical Inc. TubeClear Prophylactic Test Report: 1100791569, Rev002. 2019.
  2. Dandeles, L. and Lodolee, A. Efficacy of Agents to Prevent and Treat Enteral Feeding Tube Clogs. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2011. 45:676-680.

Clogs are the Most Frequently Reported Complication – Tuesday Tube Facts

Did you know…?

Clogging is the most frequently reported mechanical complication associated with feeding tubes.[1,2,3]

Reported clogging rates range from 9 – 35%.[1,2,3]

References:

  1. Marcuard SP, Stegall KS. Unclogging feeding tubes with pancreatic enzyme. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1990;14(2):198-200.
  2. Bourgault AM, Heyland DK, Drover JW, Keefe L, Newman P, Day AG. Prophylactic pancreatic enzymes to reduce feeding tube occlusions. Nutr Clin Pract. 2003;18(5):398-401.
  3. Shiram K, Jayanth, V., Lakshmi, R., George, V. Prophylactic Locking of Enteral Feeding Tubes With Pancreatic Enzymes. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2012;21(6):353-356.