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ICU LOS Increase with EN Interruption-Tuesday Tube Facts

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For critically ill surgical patients, interruptions to EN increases length of ICU stay by 1.5 days.

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References:

  1. Peev, M. P., Yeh, D. D., Quraishi, S. A., Osler, P. , Chang, Y. , Gillis, E. , Albano, C. E., Darak, S. and Velmahos, G. C. Causes and Consequences of Interrupted Enteral Nutrition. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2015. 39: 21-27.

EN in Home Care-Tuesday Tube Facts

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About 13% of home care patients receive enteral nutrition, according to the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA).[1]

References:

  1. Guenter, P., Read, J. ASPEN Enteral Nutrition by the Numbers: EN Data Across the Healthcare Continuum. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2017.
  2. Mundi, M.S., Pattisson, A., McMahon, M.T., Davidson, J., Hurt, R.T. Prevalence of home parenteral and enteral nutrition in the United States. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2017. 32:799-805.

Other Solutions Damage Tubes-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Digestive enzymes, when used off-label to unclog feeding tubes, may damage tube walls.[1]

In addition, carbonated drinks, pineapple juice, and sodium bicarbonate solution may cause tube degradation.[2]

References:

  1. Rucart, P.A., Boyer-Grand, A., Santou-Miranda, V., and Chopineau, J. Influence of Unclogging Agents on the Surface State of Enteral Feeding Tubes. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2011. 35(2):255-263.
  2. Stroud, M., Duncan, H., Nightingale, J. Guidelines for enteral feeding in adult hospital patients. Gut. 2003. 52:vii1-vii12.

Cola May Make Clogging Worse-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Colas and juices, while popular as a home remedy to clear clogged feeding tubes, may create additional clogs.[1]

In addition, cola does not dissolve formula-based clogs in feeding tubes.[2]

References:

  1. Dandeles, L. and Lodolee, A. Efficacy of Agents to Prevent and Treat Enteral Feeding Tube Clogs. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2011. 45:676-680.
  2. Klang, M.; Gandhi, U.; Mironova, O. Dissolving a Nutrition Clog With a New Pancreatic Enzyme Formulation. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2013. 28:410-412.