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Meeting the protein needs of Covid patients-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Survey results (n=198) found that nutritional therapy based on the EN intragastric infusion have been largely unsuccessful in achieving the protein needs of critically ill COVID-19 patients.[1]

References:

  1. Suliman S, McClave SA, Taylor BE, Patel J, Omer E, Martindale RG. Barriers to Nutritional Therapy in the Critically Ill Patient with COVID-19 Disease. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2021 Sep 5.

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.

Acidic environments and clog rates-Tuesday Tube Facts

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It has been observed that feeding tubes positioned in the highly acidic environment (e.g., stomach) may clog more readily than those positioned in the more neutral pH environment (e.g., small bowel).[1]

References:

  1. Boullata, Joseph I., et al. “ASPEN Safe Practices for Enteral Nutrition Therapy.” Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, vol. 41, no. 1, 2016, pp. 15–103., doi:10.1177/0148607116673053.

Sugar in Liquid Medications-Tuesday Tube Facts

References:

  1. Marilyn Schallom. How to recognize, prevent, and troubleshoot mechanical complications of enteral feeding tubes. MyAmericanNurse, Feb 2016. https://www.myamericannurse.com/recognize-prevent-troubleshoot-mechanical-complications-enteral-feeding-tubes/.

Liquid Medications & Tube Clogging-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Some Liquid medications contribute to tube clogging when exposed to enteral nutrition formula. Liquid syrups, for instance, cause clumping and lead to tube clogging. [1]

lansoprazole oral suspension granules, sucralfate suspension, and mineral oil are known to clog feeding tubes.[1]

References:

  1. Schallom, Marilyn. “How to Recognize, Prevent, and Troubleshoot Mechanical Complications of Enteral Feeding Tubes.” American Nurse, 23 July 2020, www.myamericannurse.com/recognize-prevent-troubleshoot-mechanical-complications-enteral-feeding-tubes/.