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G Tube and blockage-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Gastrostomy tubes may become blocked by gastric mucosal overgrowth, which requires surgery. Tube blockage or intraperitoneal leakage can be assessed using water-soluble contrast.[1]

References:

  1. Gavi, S., Hensley, J., Cervo, F., Nicastri, C., Fields, S. Management of Feeding Tube Complications in the Long-Term Care Resident. Annals of Long-Term Care. 2008. 16(4):28-32.

Technical Issues with Feeding Access-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Technical issues with enteral access contribute to interruptions in nutrition. 25.5% of the total interruption time is due to tubes becoming clogged or dislodged.[1]

References:

  1. Melissa L. Stewart. Interruptions in enteral nutrition delivery in critically ill patients and recommendations for clinical practice. CriticalCareNurse. Vol 34, No. 4, August 2014 https://aacnjournals.org/ccnonline.

Acidic environments and clog rates-Tuesday Tube Facts

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It has been observed that feeding tubes positioned in the highly acidic environment (e.g., stomach) may clog more readily than those positioned in the more neutral pH environment (e.g., small bowel).[1]

References:

  1. Boullata, Joseph I., et al. “ASPEN Safe Practices for Enteral Nutrition Therapy.” Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, vol. 41, no. 1, 2016, pp. 15–103., doi:10.1177/0148607116673053.

Sugar in Liquid Medications-Tuesday Tube Facts

References:

  1. Marilyn Schallom. How to recognize, prevent, and troubleshoot mechanical complications of enteral feeding tubes. MyAmericanNurse, Feb 2016. https://www.myamericannurse.com/recognize-prevent-troubleshoot-mechanical-complications-enteral-feeding-tubes/.

Liquid Medications & Tube Clogging-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Some Liquid medications contribute to tube clogging when exposed to enteral nutrition formula. Liquid syrups, for instance, cause clumping and lead to tube clogging. [1]

lansoprazole oral suspension granules, sucralfate suspension, and mineral oil are known to clog feeding tubes.[1]

References:

  1. Schallom, Marilyn. “How to Recognize, Prevent, and Troubleshoot Mechanical Complications of Enteral Feeding Tubes.” American Nurse, 23 July 2020, www.myamericannurse.com/recognize-prevent-troubleshoot-mechanical-complications-enteral-feeding-tubes/.