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Water is Only 20% Effective Against Clogs – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Water was found to be 20% effective at clearing clogged feeding tubes.[1]

Water is the current standard practice for treating and preventing clogged feeding tubes.[2]

References:

  1. Garrison, C. M. Enteral Feeding Tube Clogging: What Are the Causes and What Are the Answers? A Bench Top Analysis. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2018. 33(1):147-150.
  2. Zoeller, S., Bechtold, M.L., Burns, B., Cattell, T., Grenda, B., Haffke, L., Larimer, C., Powers, J., Reuning, F., Tweel, L., Guenter, P. Dispelling Myths and Unfounded Practices About Enteral Nutrition. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2020. 1-9.

Enzymes, Juice, and Soda Unable to Clear Clogged Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Of 9 solutions to clear clogged feeding tubes in one study, none were able to restore patency within 4 hours.[1]

The solutions were 6 different enzymes, cranberry juice, soda, and distilled water. More than 4 hours without a functioning feeding tube may impact a patient’s health.[1]

References:

  1. Nicholson U. Declogging small-bore feeding tubes. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 1987;11:594-7.

Greater Force on Partially Clogged Feeding Tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

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A partially clogged feeding tube may require nearly 5.5x greater force on the syringe than a completely clear feeding tube.[1]

Prevention is the recommended method for dealing with clogged feeding tubes.[2]

References:

  1. Actuated Medical, Inc. (2019, September 20). Syringe Force on Clogged Feeding Tubes [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.tubeclear.com/2019/09/30/syringe-force-on-clogged-feeding-tubes/.
  2. Boullata, J. I., Carrera, A. L., Harvey, L. , Escuro, A. A., Hudson, L. , Mays, A. , McGinnis, C. , Wessel, J. J., Bajpai, S. , Beebe, M. L., Kinn, T. J., Klang, M. G., Lord, L. , Martin, K. , Pompeii‐Wolfe, C. , Sullivan, J. , Wood, A. , Malone, A. , Guenter, P. and , (2017), ASPEN Safe Practices for Enteral Nutrition Therapy. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 41: 15-103 0148607116673053. doi:1177/0148607116673053.

Syringe Force May Indicate Clogged Tube – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Increased force on a syringe may indicate a clog is beginning to form in the feeding tube.[1]

It is recommended to address a clog as soon as possible, as the longer it sits the less likely a clearing attempt will be successful.[2]

References:

  1. Actuated Medical, Inc. (2019, September 20). Syringe Force on Clogged Feeding Tubes [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.tubeclear.com/2019/09/30/syringe-force-on-clogged-feeding-tubes/.
  2. Lord, L.M. Enteral Access Devices: Types, Function, Care, and Challenges. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2018. 33(1): 16-38.

Device More Effective Than Flushing with Water – Tuesday Tube Facts

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The TubeClear system was 146% more effective at removing buildup from the inside walls of feeding tubes than flushing with water alone.[1]

Even with regular water flushes, feeding tubes still clog 15% of the time.[2]

References:

  1. Actuated Medical Inc. TubeClear Prophylactic Test Report: 1100791569, Rev002. 2019.
  2. Dandeles, L. and Lodolee, A. Efficacy of Agents to Prevent and Treat Enteral Feeding Tube Clogs. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2011. 45:676-680.