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The Impact of Clogged Feeding Tubes

The Impact of Clogged Feeding Tubes

Exhibiting the TubeClear System at the Oley Foundation’s Annual Conference was a new experience for the Actuated Medical team. While many conferences and trade shows target a specific audience, this one is a little different. A non-profit organization providing support to patients on total parenteral nutrition (TPN) or enteral nutrition (EN) and their families, the Oley Foundation invites everyone associated with these two nutritional health requirements to its Annual Conference. Attendees ranged from gastroenterologists and dietitians to the tube-fed patients themselves, allowing a glimpse at the bigger picture of EN and the impact of clogs. These are patients who rely on TPN or EN for their nutrition, medication, and hydration needs as they battle numerous conditions. For them, that tube is their lifeline – their world.

It was a humbling experience, to say the least. These individuals know feeding tubes, and they know clogs. In literature, clogs occur as often as 35% of the time. It seems like a small problem. But for the individual who experiences one, it’s a problem that can grow and affect many aspects of their lives.

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Partnership with PSU Nursing School

Actuated Medical's partnership with Penn State's College of nursing helped speed TubeClear to market and ensure clinician adoption. Janice Penrod, director of the Center for Nursing Research at Penn State’s College of Nursing commented, “It’s a perfect case of...

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Syringe Force on Clogged Feeding Tubes

Many people think feeding tubes are merely used to deliver nutrition (i.e., feeding formula), however, they deliver life-sustaining medications too - it’s no wonder they tend to clog. At Actuated Medical, Inc., we developed the TubeClear System to keep enteral therapy...

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