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Syringe Force-Tuesday Tube Facts

Did you know…?

Flushing a partially clogged feeding tube may require as much as 5.5 times more force on the syringe than a fully cleared tube.[1]

References:

  1. http://www.tubeclear.com/2019/09/30/syringe-force-on-clogged-feeding-tubes/
  2. Actuated Medical, Inc. Internal Test Report Doc. No. 1100791569-001.

Water Not Effective-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In one study, water was found to clear clogged tubes only 20% of the time.[1]

References:

  1. 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.
  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.

Water is Only 20% Effective Against Clogs – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Water was found to be 20% effective at clearing clogged feeding tubes.[1]

Water is the current standard practice for treating and preventing clogged feeding tubes.[2]

References:

  1. 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.
  2. Zoeller, S., Bechtold, M.L., Burns, B., Cattell, T., Grenda, B., Haffke, L., Larimer, C., Powers, J., Reuning, F., Tweel, L., Guenter, P. Dispelling Myths and Unfounded Practices About Enteral Nutrition. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2020. 1-9.

Enzymes, Juice, and Soda Unable to Clear Clogged Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Of 9 solutions to clear clogged feeding tubes in one study, none were able to restore patency within 4 hours.[1]

The solutions were 6 different enzymes, cranberry juice, soda, and distilled water. More than 4 hours without a functioning feeding tube may impact a patient’s health.[1]

References:

  1. Nicholson U. Declogging small-bore feeding tubes. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 1987;11:594-7.

Clogs May Begin Forming Early – Tuesday Tube Facts

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A feeding tube clog may begin forming in a feeding tube before it becomes noticeably difficult to flush.[1]

The TubeClear system can remove buildup more effectively than water flushes alone.[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. Actuated Medical, Inc. Internal Test Report Doc. No. 1100791569-001.