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Eating solid food-Tuesday Tube Facts

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A patient may fear that once a feeding tube is placed, they will never be able to eat solid food again. If the patient can eat by mouth safely, then they can eat food and supplement with the tube feeding.[1]

Eating food will not cause damage to the tube, nor does having a feeding tube make it unsafe to eat.[1]

References:

  1. Soelberg, MS, RD, LDN , Juliette. 5 Misconceptions about Feeding TUBES: Dietitians on Demand. Edited by Kimberly Brown, MS, RD/LD, 27 Apr. 2021, dietitiansondemand.com/top-5-questions-and-misconceptions-about-feeding-tubes/. 

Drug absorption-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Some medications may not be administered with enteral formulas because they form precipitates that may clog the feeding tube and reduce drug absorption.[1]

To avoid compromising nutritional status, minimize the amount of time that feeding is interrupted by using once or twice daily dosage regimens.[3]

References:

  1. Beckwith, M. C., Feddema, S. S., Barton, R. G., & Graves, C. (2004). A Guide to Drug Therapy in Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes: Dosage Form Selection and Administration Methods. Hospital Pharmacy, 39(3), 225–237. https://doi.org/10.1177/001857870403900308

Blind bedside placement rate-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Over 25 years of documented evidence concluded that between 1%- 2% of blindly placed small bore feeding tubes enter the airway UNDETECTED.[1]

The large number of blind feeding tube placements results in unacceptable numbers of unnecessary harm to patients.[3]

References:

  1. Krenitsky, J. Blind Bedside Placement of Feeding Tubes: Treatment or Threat? Practical Gastroenterology. 2011. March; 32-42.

Cola doesn’t dissolve formula-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Cola does not dissolve formula-based clogs in feeding tubes.[1]

References:

  1. Klang, M.; Gandhi, U.; Mironova, O. Dissolving a Nutrition Clog With a New Pancreatic Enzyme Formulation. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2013. 28:410-412.
  2. Dandeles, L. and Lodolee, A. Efficacy of Agents to Prevent and Treat Enteral Feeding Tube Clogs. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2011. 45:676-680.