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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.

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.

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.

Clogging: A Frequent Complication in EADs – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Clogging is one of the most frequent mechanical complications of feeding tubes.[1,3]

Reported clogging rates vary from 9 – 35%.[1-7] With clogging of nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes considered under-reported, the actual rate may be much higher.[3]

References:

  1. Ireton-Jones C, DeLegge M. Handbook of Home Nutrition Support. Sudburry, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2007.
  2. Beyer PL, Matarese LE, Gottschlich MM. Complications of enteral nutrition. 1998.
  3. Blumenstein I, Shastri YM, Stein J. Gastroenteric tube feeding: techniques, problems and solutions. World J Gastroenterol. 2014;20(26):8505-8524.
  4. Pancorbo-Hidalgo PL, García-Fernandez FP, Ramírez-Pérez C. Complications associated with enteral nutrition by nasogastric tube in an internal medicine unit. J Clin Nurs. 2001;10(4):482-490.
  5. Marcuard SP, Stegall KS. Unclogging feeding tubes with pancreatic enzyme. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1990;14(2):198-200.
  6. Frizzi JD, Ray PD, Raff JB. Enteral nutrition by a forward surgical team in Afghanistan. South Med J. 2005;98(3):273-278.
  7. Bourgault AM, Heyland DK, Drover JW, Keefe L, Newman P, Day AG. Prophylactic pancreatic enzymes to reduce feeding tube occlusions. Nutr Clin Pract. 2003;18(5):398-401.