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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.

Patient Malnutrition-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Decreasing patient malnutrition helps to decrease healthcare cost, reduce hospital length of stay, reduce readmission, improve functionality and improve quality of life.[1]

References:

  1. ANHI Team. “ADDRESSING MALNUTRITION ACROSS THE CONTINUUM OF CARE.” Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, 1 Sept. 2020

Technical Issues with Feeding Access-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Technical issues with enteral access contribute to interruptions in nutrition. 25.5% of the total interruption time is due to tubes becoming clogged or dislodged.[1]

References:

  1. Melissa L. Stewart. Interruptions in enteral nutrition delivery in critically ill patients and recommendations for clinical practice. CriticalCareNurse. Vol 34, No. 4, August 2014 https://aacnjournals.org/ccnonline.

NG Tube Complications-Tuesday Tube Facts

According to recent reviews of tube insertions, the risk of misplacing an NG tube into the airway may reach 2% or higher when tubes are inserted blindly.[1]

References:

  1. Powers, J, Brown, B, Lyman, B, et al. Development of a competency model for placement and verification of nasogastric and nasoenteric feeding tubes for adult hospitalized patients. Nutr. Clin. Pract. 2021; 36: 517– 533. https://doi.org/10.1002/ncp.10671

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.