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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. 

Long term feeding and type 2 diabetes-Tuesday Tube Facts

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A large number of patients in the type 2 diabetes community have associated dysphagia due to underlying medical problems and require long-term enteral feeding.[1]

References:

  1. Dr. Tan Elisa, Sze Huei, Dr. Tan Adrian, Kok Heng, Ho, Yu-Ling. “Gastrostomy Tube Feeding and Management in the Community.” The Singapore Family Physician, vol. 46, no. 6, 2020, pp. 27–33., https://doi.org/10.33591/sfp.46.6.uo1.

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.

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/.