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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

Blind bedside placement rate-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Over 25 years of documented evidence concluded that between 1%- 2% of blindly placed small bore feeding tubes enter the airway UNDETECTED.[1]

The large number of blind feeding tube placements results in unacceptable numbers of unnecessary harm to patients.[3]

References:

  1. Krenitsky, J. Blind Bedside Placement of Feeding Tubes: Treatment or Threat? Practical Gastroenterology. 2011. March; 32-42.

Cola doesn’t dissolve formula-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Cola does not dissolve formula-based clogs in feeding tubes.[1]

References:

  1. Klang, M.; Gandhi, U.; Mironova, O. Dissolving a Nutrition Clog With a New Pancreatic Enzyme Formulation. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2013. 28:410-412.
  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.

Excessive Force May Rupture Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

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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.

Cola May Damage Feeding Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

Cola May Damage Feeding Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

Using cola to declog a feeding tube may cause damage to the tube itself.*

It can also worsen or create future clogs.*

* Dandeles, Lauren M. and Lodolee, Amy E. “Efficacy of Agents to Prevent and Treat Enteral Feeding Tube Clogs.” The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2011; 45:676-680.