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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.

25% of NG tubes-Tuesday Tube Facts

There is however no evidence to support the use of weighted NG tubes in terms of either placement or maintenance of position.[1]

References:

  1. Stroud, M., Duncan, H., Nightingale, J. Guidelines for enteral feeding in adult hospital patients. Gut. 2003. 52:vii1-vii12.

Patient Malnutrition-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Decreasing patient malnutrition helps to decrease healthcare cost, reduce hospital length of stay, reduce readmission, improve functionality and improve quality of life.[1]

References:

  1. ANHI Team. “ADDRESSING MALNUTRITION ACROSS THE CONTINUUM OF CARE.” Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, 1 Sept. 2020

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.

NG Tube Complications-Tuesday Tube Facts

According to recent reviews of tube insertions, the risk of misplacing an NG tube into the airway may reach 2% or higher when tubes are inserted blindly.[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