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Malnutrition Prevalent in Older Adults – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Malnutrition is highest among older adults (65+). Hospital stays with malnutrition are 2x longer than those without.[1]

Patients treated for Covid-19 may require a feeding tube to help supplement their nutrition to fight the infection.[2] Keeping these tubes clear by proactively using the TubeClear system may help maintain feeding tube flow so these patients keep getting the nutrition they need for recovery.[3]

References:

  1. Barrett ML, Bailey MK, Owens PL. “Non-maternal and Non-neonatal Inpatient Stays in the United States Involving Malnutrition.” U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2016. https://hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/HCUPMalnutritionHospReport_083018.pdf
  2. Garcia-Navarro, Lulu, host. “What Is The Treatment For COVID-19 Patients? A Doctor Explains.” Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR. March 15, 2020. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/816042230/what-is-the-treatment-for-covid-19-patients-a-doctor-explains
  3. Actuated Medical Inc. TubeClear Prophylactic Test Report: 1100791569, Rev002. 2019.

Greater Force on Partially Clogged Feeding Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

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A partially clogged feeding tube may require nearly 5.5x greater force on the syringe than a completely clear feeding tube.[1]

Prevention is the recommended method for dealing with clogged feeding tubes.[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. Boullata, J. I., Carrera, A. L., Harvey, L. , Escuro, A. A., Hudson, L. , Mays, A. , McGinnis, C. , Wessel, J. J., Bajpai, S. , Beebe, M. L., Kinn, T. J., Klang, M. G., Lord, L. , Martin, K. , Pompeii‐Wolfe, C. , Sullivan, J. , Wood, A. , Malone, A. , Guenter, P. and , (2017), ASPEN Safe Practices for Enteral Nutrition Therapy. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 41: 15-103 0148607116673053. doi:1177/0148607116673053.

Acidic Fluids May Coagulate or Thicken Clogs – Tuesday Tube Facts

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The use of acidic liquids to clear a clogged feeding tube may make the problem worse.[1,2]

Enteral feeding proteins coagulate or thicken in an acidic environment.[1,2]

References:

  1. Dandeles LM, Lodolce AE. Efficacy of agents to prevent and treat enteral feeding tube clogs. Ann Pharmacother. 2011;45:676-680.
  2. Williams NT.Medication administration through enteral feeding tubes. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2008;65:2347-2357.

Fluoroscopy EAD Replacement Costs – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Using fluoroscopy to replace a clogged feeding tube can cost as much as $1,000.[1]

In addition, replacement often exposes the patient to additional radiation.[2]

References:

  1. Fisher C, Blalock B. Clogged feeding tubes: a clinician’s thorn. Pract Gastroenterol. 2014;38:16-22.
  2. Garrison, C. M. Enteral Feeding Tube Clogging: What Are the Causes and What Are the Answers? A Bench Top Analysis. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2018. 33(1):147-150.

Clogs Can Happen in as Little as 2 Hours – Tuesday Tube Facts

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In this case study, one-third of patients who experienced a clog did so just 2-3 hours after the initial placement of the feeding tube.[1]

These tubes were cleared with the TubeClear system in approximately 15 minutes or less.

References:

  1. Belcher, M. “An Active Device for Restoring Patency in Clogged Small Bore Feeding and Decompression Tubes, Case Report Series.” 2016.