Just One Enteral Nutrition Interruption Has Major Impact
Technical issues (e.g., clogs) interrupt the delivery of a patient’s enteral nutrition. One interruption to a patient’s enteral nutrition (EN) can increase their median length of stay (LOS) by 1.5 days in the ICU, and 8 days in the hospital.
Increased hospital length of stay can cost $5,136 per day in the ICU and $1,699 per day in the hospital, for a total of more than $13,500.
Current Solutions Are Not As Effective
Other De-Clogging Methods Take More Time
In unpublished data by Garrison, C.M., the TubeClear system (Actuated Device) took a total average of 8.8 minutes to restore feeding tube patency. The enzyme treatment and water flushing took a total average of 121.9 and 110.3 minutes, respectively.
Replacing EADs is Risky, Costly, and Painful
When a patient’s clogged EAD cannot be cleared, it requires replacement. Depending on the type of EAD and patient’s requirements, this can lead to an increase in cost, risk, and discomfort.
Only 80-85% of EAD insertions are successful on the first try, risking complications and multiple radiographs for re-insertion.