There may be a greater risk of pneumonia following a malpositioned feeding tube.*
In one study of patients who experienced a malpositioned feeding tube, 40% developed pneumonia at the former site of the malpositioned tube.*
| * Giantsou, E.; Gunning, K. J. Blindly inserted nasogastric feeding tubes and thoracic complications in intensive care. Health, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. 2010. 2(10): 1135-1141.|
Feeding tubes can kink or knot – even after placement.*
Kinked or knotted feeding tubes must be either repositioned or replaced.*
* Beyer, P.L. Complications of enteral nutrition. In: Matarese, L.E., Gotttschlich, M.M. (eds). Contemporary Nutrition Support Practice: A Clinical Guide. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders; 1998: 216-226.
Clogging is especially common when thick formulas and medications are delivered through feeding tubes with smaller French sizes.
If multiple medications must be delivered, it is recommended that each medication be delivered separately.
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Enteral nutrition (EN) has almost completely replaced parenteral nutrition (PN) in burn patients.*
EN is safe, cost effective, and has many clinical advantages over PN for delivering vital nutrition to severely burned patients.*
* Clark, A., Imran, J., Madni, T., Wolf, S. Nutrition and metabolism in burn patients. Burns & Trauma. 2017. 5:11
One community hospital replaced an average of 22 long-term feeding tubes per month.*
Most of the feeding tubes required replacement because they were clogged or dislodged.*
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