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Data on malnutrition and Covid-19 – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Those recovering after serious illnesses such as Covid-19 often need significant rehabilitation because of profound weakness and loss of muscle mass. Emerging data highlights the prevalence of inadequate nutrition therapy and malnutrition, which is likely contributing to these long-lasting effects.[1]

References:

  1. Suliman, S, McClave, SA, Taylor, BE, Patel, J, Omer, E, Martindale, RG. Barriers to nutrition therapy in the critically ill patient with COVID-19. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2021; 1– 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2263

Malnourished Patients – Tuesday Tube Facts

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An observational study found that in 416 patients, 31.7% were malnourished upon admission. Malnourished patients were significantly older (67.8 vs 57.6 years, P<.001) and had a lower BMI (26.2 vs 32.4 kg/m2, P<.001) than non malnourished patients.[1]

Malnourished patients had higher odds of having a LOS ≥3 days (2.38 [95% CI 1.45-3.88], P<.001) and higher odds of readmitting within 30 days.[1]

References:

  1. Lengfelder, L., Mahlke, S., Moore, L., Zhang, X., Williams, G., III and Lee, J. (2022), Prevalence and impact of malnutrition on length of stay, readmission, and discharge destination. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2322

Survey on Nutrition Delivery – Tuesday Tube Facts

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A survey about nutrition delivery in critically ill Covid-19 patients found 83% of caregivers attempted to feed by the intragastric route, but only 9% indicated that energy/protein needs were achieved in their patients.[1]

References:

  1. Suliman, S, McClave, SA, Taylor, BE, Patel, J, Omer, E, Martindale, RG. Barriers to nutrition therapy in the critically ill patient with COVID-19. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2021; 1– 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2263.

Support during the holidays – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Try these tips during the holidays when you’re supporting someone with a feeding tube:

1. Plan ahead

2. Make a holiday gathering easy on yourself and your loved one

3. Talk about your child’s special needs

4. Expect the unexpected [1]

References:

  1. “Holiday Tips for Feeding-Tube Caregivers.” Tubefed by Avanos, Avanos, 16 Nov. 2020, tubefed.com/newsletter/holiday-tips-for-feeding-tube-caregivers/. 

Navigating the holiday season – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Here are four tips to help you and your family enjoy a smoother, and more festive holiday season with a feeding tube: 1. Set your goals 2. Notify friends and family in advance 3. Dial-up your other senses 4. Stock up on supplies now.[1]

References:

  1. “Navigating the Holiday Season with a Feeding Tube.” Compleat® Organic Blends, www.compleat.com/blog/navigating-holiday-season-feeding-tube.