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EN-related readmissions – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Among EN-related readmissions, 44.6% (33/72) documented enteral access device-related issues, 40.5% (30/74) cited symptoms attributed to EN, and 14.9% (11/74) attributed sodium imbalance from dehydration.[1]

References:

  1. Palchaudhuri, S, Mehta, SJ, Snider, CK, et al. Causes of readmissions for patients discharged on enteral nutrition. J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2022; 1- 5. doi:10.1002/jpen.2331

The danger of tube misconnections – Tuesday Tube Fact

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It is common to see patients in the hospital with a feeding tube, an arterial catheter, and a central venous catheter, which all have the same connector. A misconnection is physiologically incompatible with life, and if enteral feeding is placed inside the IV line, it would be like concrete pouring into a patient’s heart.[1]

References:

  1. Simmons, Debra. “Keeping Everyone Safe: Tubing Misconnections.” The Oley Foundation, accessed 21 Feb. 2022, https://oley.org/page/DebSimmonsTubeMis

20% of patients discharged with EN – Tuesday Tube Facts

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More than 20% of patients discharged with EN have readmissions related to EN, many within 90 days of initiating EN.[1]

Quality improvement interventions targeting post-discharge care to address these causes may decrease hospital readmissions in this high-risk and medically complex population of patients.[1]

References:

  1. Palchaudhuri, S., Mehta, S.J., Snider, C.K., Parsikia, A., Hudson, L., Compher, C., Lewis, J.D., Wu, G.D. and Pickett-Blakely, O. (2022), Causes of readmissions for patients discharged on enteral nutrition. J Parenter Enteral Nutr.. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2331

Estimated Clog Rate – Tuesday Tube Facts

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With feeding clogging rates between 23 and 35%[1], US medical facilities treat an estimated 1.6-2.5M clogged tubes annually.

References:

  1. Dandeles, L. and Lodolee, A. Efficacy of Agents to Prevent and Treat Enteral Feeding Tube Clogs. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2011. 45:676-680.