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Data on malnutrition and Covid-19 – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Those recovering after serious illnesses such as Covid-19 often need significant rehabilitation because of profound weakness and loss of muscle mass. Emerging data highlights the prevalence of inadequate nutrition therapy and malnutrition, which is likely contributing to these long-lasting effects.[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

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.

Support during the holidays – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Try these tips during the holidays when you’re supporting someone with a feeding tube:

1. Plan ahead

2. Make a holiday gathering easy on yourself and your loved one

3. Talk about your child’s special needs

4. Expect the unexpected [1]

References:

  1. “Holiday Tips for Feeding-Tube Caregivers.” Tubefed by Avanos, Avanos, 16 Nov. 2020, tubefed.com/newsletter/holiday-tips-for-feeding-tube-caregivers/. 

Estimated Clog Rate – Tuesday Tube Facts

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With feeding clogging rates between 23 and 35%[1], US medical facilities treat an estimated 1.6-2.5M clogged tubes annually.

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.

Bedside devices-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Bedside devices help minimize the risk of gastric aspiration, promote tolerance, decrease radiologic exposure, and reduce nursing time consumed by tube placements, GI dysfunction, and patient discomfort.

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References:

  1. McCarthy, Mary & Martindale, Robert. (2015). Updating your nutrition care practice: Delivering evidence-based nutritional therapy to critically ill patients. Nursing Critical Care. 10. 18-26. 10.1097/01.CCN.0000457309.49500.57.