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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

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.

Oley Survey-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In a survey, 81% of feeding tubes became clogged with 40% requiring tube replacement.[1]

The 180 Oley Foundation members were surveyed. The members included patients and caregivers in an extended care environment.

References:

  1. Oley Foundation Member Survey: Enteral Feeding Tube Clogging and Resolution. In: Actuated Medical, Inc.; 2015.

COVID Nutrition Recommendations-pump-Tuesday Tube Facts

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For COVID-19 patients requiring a feeding tube, continuous enteral nutrition via pump is recommended to decrease exposure to the healthcare provider.[1]

In case of pump shortages, infusion by gravity drain is preferred over bolus feeding.[1]

References:

  1. Patel JJ, Martindale RG, McClave SA. Relevant Nutrition Therapy in COVID-19 and the Constraints on Its Delivery by a Unique Disease Process. Nutr Clin Pract. 2020;35(5):792-799. doi:10.1002/ncp.10566