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Factors the contribute to tube clogging pt.2 – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Many factors (e.g., insufficient water flushes, contaminated formula, aspiration for gastric residuals, and improper medication preparation and administration) can contribute to the risk of tube clogging.[1]

References:

  1. Escuro, A.A., Burns, B., McLaughlin, K., Lopez, R. and Cresci, G.A. (2020), Dietitians’ Evaluation of Clearing Luminal Occlusions of Gunk (DECLOG): A Pilot Feasibility Study. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 35: 142-148. https://doi.org/10.1002/ncp.10318

Factors that contribute to tube clogging pt.1 – Tuesday Tube Facts

Did you know…?

Factors such as narrow tube internal diameter, longer feeding tubes, tube tip location, slow feeding infusion rates, and formation of EN formula precipitate from contact with acidic gastric secretions contribute to the risk of tube clogging.[1]

References:

  1. Escuro, A.A., Burns, B., McLaughlin, K., Lopez, R. and Cresci, G.A. (2020), Dietitians’ Evaluation of Clearing Luminal Occlusions of Gunk (DECLOG): A Pilot Feasibility Study. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 35: 142-148. https://doi.org/10.1002/ncp.10318

Medication suitable for manipulation – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Before a medication in a solid dosage form is administered through a feeding tube, it should be determined if the medication is suitable for manipulation, such as crushing a tablet or opening a capsule.[1]

References:

  1. Williams NT. Medication administration through enteral feeding tubes. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2008 Dec 15;65(24):2347-57. doi: 10.2146/ajhp080155. PMID: 19052281.