Clogging: A Frequent Complication in EADs – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Clogging is one of the most frequent mechanical complications of feeding tubes.[1,3]

Reported clogging rates vary from 9 – 35%.[1-7] With clogging of nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes considered under-reported, the actual rate may be much higher.[3]


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Starting EN More than 3 Days After ICU Admission – Tuesday Tube Facts

Starting EN More than 3 Days After ICU Admission – Tuesday Tube Facts

Starting enteral nutrition more than 3 days after ICU admission was associated with increased length of stay.

Critically ill patients should be started on enteral tube feeds within 48 hours of intubation whenever possible.

1. Bourgault, A.M., Ipe, L., Weaver, J., Swartz, S., O’Dea, P.J. Development of Evidence-Based Guidelines and Critical Care Nurses ’ Knowledge of Enteral Feeding. Critical Care Nurse, 2007; 27(4):17-29.

2. Fremont, R. D., Rice, T.W. How soon should we start interventional feeding in the ICU? Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2014 March; 30(2): 178–181.
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