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Syringe Force on Clogged Feeding Tubes
Many people think feeding tubes are merely used to deliver nutrition (i.e., feeding formula), however, they deliver life-sustaining medications too - it’s no wonder they tend to clog. At Actuated Medical, Inc., we developed the TubeClear System to keep enteral therapy...
The Impact of Clogged Feeding Tubes
Exhibiting the TubeClear System at the Oley Foundation’s Annual Conference was a new experience for the Actuated Medical team. While many conferences and trade shows target a specific audience, this one is a little different. A non-profit organization providing support to patients on total parenteral nutrition (TPN) or enteral nutrition (EN) and their families, the Oley Foundation invites everyone associated with these two nutritional health requirements to its Annual Conference. Attendees ranged from gastroenterologists and dietitians to the tube-fed patients themselves, allowing a glimpse at the bigger picture of EN and the impact of clogs. These are patients who rely on TPN or EN for their nutrition, medication, and hydration needs as they battle numerous conditions. For them, that tube is their lifeline – their world.
It was a humbling experience, to say the least. These individuals know feeding tubes, and they know clogs. In literature, clogs occur as often as 35% of the time. It seems like a small problem. But for the individual who experiences one, it’s a problem that can grow and affect many aspects of their lives.
Malnourished Patients – Tuesday Tube Facts
Did you know...? 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...
Survey on Nutrition Delivery – Tuesday Tube Facts
Did you know...? 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.References: Suliman, S,...
Support during the holidays – Tuesday Tube Facts
Did you know...? 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 References:...
Navigating the holiday season – Tuesday Tube Facts
Did you know...? 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.References:...
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