Clogged Feeding Tubes Interrupt Nutrition – Tuesday Tube Facts

Surgical ICU patients with a least one interruption to their enteral nutrition experience a higher calorie deficit than those with no interruptions.[2]


  1. Bourgault, A.M., Heyland, D.K., Drover, J.W., Keefe, L., Newman, P., and Day, A. G. Prophylactic Pancreatic Enzymes to Reduce Feeding Tube Occlusions. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2003. 18:398-401.
  2. Peev, M. P., Yeh, D. D., Quraishi, S. A., Osler, P. , Chang, Y. , Gillis, E. , Albano, C. E., Darak, S. and Velmahos, G. C. Causes and Consequences of Interrupted Enteral Nutrition. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2015. 39: 21-27.

Patients on EN in ICU Receive just 60% of Nutrition – Tuesday Tube Facts

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ICU patients with feeding tubes receive an average of 60% of their required nutrition.


Critically ill patients are at an increased risk for malnutrition because of alterations in protein and energy metabolism displayed in response to trauma, major surgery, burns, and sepsis.[2]


  1. Guenter, P., Read, J. ASPEN Enteral Nutrition by the Numbers: EN Data Across the Healthcare Continuum. American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2017.
  2. Stewart, M.L. Interruptions in Enteral Nutrition Delivery in Critically Ill Patients and Recommendations for Clinical Practice. Critical Care Nurse. 2014. 34(4):14-22

EN for COVID19 in ICU- Tuesday Tube Facts

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For COVID-19 patients, it is recommended that enteral nutrition starts within 36 hours of ICU admission or within 12 hours of going on a ventilator.[1]

Timing of nutrition delivery is considered the most important factor for nutrition in ICU patients with COVID-19.[1]


  1. Martindale, R., Patel, J., Taylor, B., Warren, M., McClave, S. Nutrition Therapy in the Patient with COVID-19 Disease Requiring ICU Care. Reviewed and Approved by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Updated April 1, 2020. https://www.sccm.org/getattachment/Disaster/Nutrition-Therapy-COVID-19-SCCM-ASPEN.pdf?lang=en-US

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