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Malnourished Patients – Tuesday Tube Facts

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An observational study found that in 416 patients, 31.7% were malnourished upon admission. Malnourished patients were significantly older (67.8 vs 57.6 years, P<.001) and had a lower BMI (26.2 vs 32.4 kg/m2, P<.001) than non malnourished patients.[1]

Malnourished patients had higher odds of having a LOS ≥3 days (2.38 [95% CI 1.45-3.88], P<.001) and higher odds of readmitting within 30 days.[1]

References:

  1. Lengfelder, L., Mahlke, S., Moore, L., Zhang, X., Williams, G., III and Lee, J. (2022), Prevalence and impact of malnutrition on length of stay, readmission, and discharge destination. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2322

Survey on Nutrition Delivery – Tuesday Tube Facts

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A survey about nutrition delivery in critically ill Covid-19 patients found 83% of caregivers attempted to feed by the intragastric route, but only 9% indicated that energy/protein needs were achieved in their patients.[1]

References:

  1. Suliman, S, McClave, SA, Taylor, BE, Patel, J, Omer, E, Martindale, RG. Barriers to nutrition therapy in the critically ill patient with COVID-19. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2021; 1– 12. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2263.

Navigating the holiday season – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Here are four tips to help you and your family enjoy a smoother, and more festive holiday season with a feeding tube: 1. Set your goals 2. Notify friends and family in advance 3. Dial-up your other senses 4. Stock up on supplies now.[1]

References:

  1. “Navigating the Holiday Season with a Feeding Tube.” Compleat® Organic Blends, www.compleat.com/blog/navigating-holiday-season-feeding-tube. 

ICU Patients are at High Risk for Complications

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Trauma and surgical intensive care unit (TSICU) patients supported with mechanical ventilation are at high risk for complications associated with malnutrition.[1]

Despite these interventions, TSICU patients often suffer a calorie deficit associated with enteral nutrition interruption for procedures or transitions in care.[1]

References:

  1. Shahmanyan, D., Lawrence, J.C., Lollar, D.I., Hamill, M.E., Faulks, E.R., Collier, B.R., Chestovich, P.J. and Bower, K.L. (2021), Early feeding after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement in trauma and surgical intensive care patients: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. (First published: November 17, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2303

Tube Occlusions May Lead to Enteral Concretion – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Unresolved tube occlusions have resulted in concretion of enteral feeds, tearing of the tube, and direct administration of feeds to the esophagus, as well as possible formation of esophageal bezoars.[1]

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