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COVID Nutrition Recommendations-pump-Tuesday Tube Facts

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For COVID-19 patients requiring a feeding tube, continuous enteral nutrition via pump is recommended to decrease exposure to the healthcare provider.[1]

In case of pump shortages, infusion by gravity drain is preferred over bolus feeding.[1]

References:

  1. Patel JJ, Martindale RG, McClave SA. Relevant Nutrition Therapy in COVID-19 and the Constraints on Its Delivery by a Unique Disease Process. Nutr Clin Pract. 2020;35(5):792-799. doi:10.1002/ncp.10566

Syringe Force-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Flushing a partially clogged feeding tube may require as much as 5.5 times more force on the syringe than a fully cleared tube.[1]

References:

  1. https://www.tubeclear.com/2019/09/30/syringe-force-on-clogged-feeding-tubes/
  2. Actuated Medical, Inc. Internal Test Report Doc. No. 1100791569-001.

HEN Proactive Enzymes-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In one study of home enteral nutrition (HEN) patients, using an enzyme declogger proactively did not reduce the likelihood of clogged feeding tubes.[1]

In the study, 29% of the control group (using standard of care to maintain their feeding tubes) experienced a clog while 39% of those in the study group (using an enzyme product prophylactically) experienced a clog.[1]

References:

  1. Escuro, A.A., Burns, B., McLaughlin, K., Lopez, R. and Cresci, G.A. (2020), Dietitians’ Evaluation of Clearing Luminal Occlusions of Gunk (DECLOG): A Pilot Feasibility Study. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 35: 142-148. doi:10.1002/ncp.10318.

Clog Require Intervention-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In one study of Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) patients, feeding tube dysfunction (including clogging) was the most common complication requiring intervention by a healthcare provider.[1]

The study found that 25% of HEN patients experienced a clogged feeding tube.[1]

References:

  1. Crosby, J. and Duerksen, D.R. (2007), A Prospective Study of Tube‐ and Feeding‐Related Complications in Patients Receiving Long‐Term Home Enteral Nutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 31: 274-277. doi:10.1177/0148607107031004274

61% HEN Clogging-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In one study of Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) patients, only 39% never experienced a clogged feeding tube.[1]

Feeding tubes less than 14 French in diameter were more likely to clog than those larger than 14 French.[1]

References:

  1. Epp, L.M., Salonen, B.R., Hurt, R.T. and Mundi, M.S. (2019), Cross‐sectional Evaluation of Home Enteral Nutrition Practice in the United States in the Context of the New Enteral Connectors. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 43: 1020-1027. doi:10.1002/jpen.1510