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ICU Nutritional Practice-Tuesday Tube Facts

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For enteral Covid-19 patients, feeding tube placement and aspiration are potential aerosol generating procedures.[1]

Tip to decrease Covid-19 exposure due to aerosol generating procedures: Decrease exposure by quicker gastric tube placement rather than postpyloric placement.[3]

References:

  1. Rimensberger, Peter C., et al. “Caring for Critically Ill Children with Suspected or Proven Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection: Recommendations by the Scientific Sections’ Collaborative of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care.” Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, vol. 22, no. 1, 2020, pp. 56–67., doi:10.1097/pcc.0000000000002599.

Drug absorption-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Some medications may not be administered with enteral formulas because they form precipitates that may clog the feeding tube and reduce drug absorption.[1]

To avoid compromising nutritional status, minimize the amount of time that feeding is interrupted by using once or twice daily dosage regimens.[3]

References:

  1. Beckwith, M. C., Feddema, S. S., Barton, R. G., & Graves, C. (2004). A Guide to Drug Therapy in Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes: Dosage Form Selection and Administration Methods. Hospital Pharmacy, 39(3), 225–237. https://doi.org/10.1177/001857870403900308

Risks associated with malnutrition-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Feelings of apathy, depression, fatigue, and loss of morale have been produced as a result of malnutrition and dehydration.[1]

References:

  1. Lord, L.M. Enteral Access Devices: Types, Function, Care, and Challenges. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2018. 33(1): 16-38.

Oley Survey-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In a survey, 81% of feeding tubes became clogged with 40% requiring tube replacement.[1]

The 180 Oley Foundation members were surveyed. The members included patients and caregivers in an extended care environment.

References:

  1. Oley Foundation Member Survey: Enteral Feeding Tube Clogging and Resolution. In: Actuated Medical, Inc.; 2015.