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Malnourished Patients – Tuesday Tube Facts

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An observational study found that in 416 patients, 31.7% were malnourished upon admission. Malnourished patients were significantly older (67.8 vs 57.6 years, P<.001) and had a lower BMI (26.2 vs 32.4 kg/m2, P<.001) than non malnourished patients.[1]

Malnourished patients had higher odds of having a LOS ≥3 days (2.38 [95% CI 1.45-3.88], P<.001) and higher odds of readmitting within 30 days.[1]

References:

  1. Lengfelder, L., Mahlke, S., Moore, L., Zhang, X., Williams, G., III and Lee, J. (2022), Prevalence and impact of malnutrition on length of stay, readmission, and discharge destination. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2322

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/. 

Cost Savings From a SNF in Utah-Tuesday Tube Facts

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SNF patients often require ambulance transport to the hospital to replace a feeding tube. The cost of replacement, transportation, and staff support has been found to be greater than $4,220. [1]

A respiratory therapist may accompany a resident during transportation and during the procedure which costs an average of $250. The placement procedure has an average cost of $2,670, including professional fees. Transportation cost totals $1,300.[1]

References:

  1. Buckley, Robert, and Steve Heisa. “Clinical Study of Mechanical Enteral Tube Declogging.” The TubeClear System, Aug. 2021.

Checking medications for G or J port-Tuesday Tube Facts

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It is important to check which medications should be given through the G-port and/or the J-port. Some medications can only be absorbed in the stomach, therefore, they must be given through the G-port. Others can be given safely through either port.[1]

References:

  1. Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation. Gastro-Jejunal (GJ) Tubes, 3 Mar. 2020, www.feedingtubeawareness.org/gj-tubes/.