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Capnography NG/NE tube insertion-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Capnography is the monitoring of the concentration or partial pressure of carbon dioxide (CO2) in respiratory gases. This can help clinicians determine when an NG/NE tube has taken an inadvertent course into the trachea during the insertion process.[1]

References:

  1. Powers, J, Brown, B, Lyman, B, et al. Development of a competency model for placement and verification of nasogastric and nasoenteric feeding tubes for adult hospitalized patients.  Nutr. Clin. Pract. 2021; 36: 517-533. https://doi.org/10.1002/ncp.10671

Substances inadvertently administered-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In one study over a 5-year period, 95 incidents were reported to the National Reporting and Learning System in which substances were inadvertently administered through NG tubes into the respiratory tract, resulting in 32 patient deaths. [1]

References:

  1. Powers, J, Brown, B, Lyman, B, et al. Development of a competency model for placement and verification of nasogastric and nasoenteric feeding tubes for adult hospitalized patients. Nutr. Clin. Pract. 2021; 36: 517-533. https://doi.org/10.1002/ncp.10671

Checking medications for G or J port-Tuesday Tube Facts

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It is important to check which medications should be given through the G-port and/or the J-port. Some medications can only be absorbed in the stomach, therefore, they must be given through the G-port. Others can be given safely through either port.[1]

References:

  1. Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation. Gastro-Jejunal (GJ) Tubes, 3 Mar. 2020, www.feedingtubeawareness.org/gj-tubes/.

PEG placement and ICU beds-Tuesday Tube Facts

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For COVID-19 patients with ventilator-dependent respiratory failure, PEG tube placement along with a tracheostomy tube may expedite discharge planning. [1]

References:

  1. Goyal H, Ali A, Bansal P. Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Placement in COVID-19 Patients. Front Nutr. 2021 Jun 4;8:603276. D: PMC8211889.

Meeting the protein needs of Covid patients-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Survey results (n=198) found that nutritional therapy based on the EN intragastric infusion have been largely unsuccessful in achieving the protein needs of critically ill COVID-19 patients.[1]

References:

  1. Suliman S, McClave SA, Taylor BE, Patel J, Omer E, Martindale RG. Barriers to Nutritional Therapy in the Critically Ill Patient with COVID-19 Disease. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2021 Sep 5.

Useful Tube Feeding Measurements-Tuesday Tube Fact

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Useful tube feeding measurements: A 60 ml syringe holds 2 ounces. 8 ounces equals 1 cup. A 100 ml syringe holds 3.4 ounces. 1 Tablespoon = 15 ml (roughly) and 1 Teaspoon = 5 ml (roughly).[1]

References:

 

1.  flowermom. Real Food for Real People, Real Food for Real People, 13 Apr. 2014, www.foodfortubies.org/category/tips-and-tricks/.