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ICU Patients are at High Risk for Complications

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Trauma and surgical intensive care unit (TSICU) patients supported with mechanical ventilation are at high risk for complications associated with malnutrition.[1]

Despite these interventions, TSICU patients often suffer a calorie deficit associated with enteral nutrition interruption for procedures or transitions in care.[1]

References:

  1. Shahmanyan, D., Lawrence, J.C., Lollar, D.I., Hamill, M.E., Faulks, E.R., Collier, B.R., Chestovich, P.J. and Bower, K.L. (2021), Early feeding after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement in trauma and surgical intensive care patients: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. (First published: November 17, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1002/jpen.2303

Pneumonia Risk May Increase After Malpositioned Feeding Tube – Tuesday Tube Facts

Pneumonia Risk May Increase After Malpositioned Feeding Tube – Tuesday Tube Facts

There may be a greater risk of pneumonia following a malpositioned feeding tube.*

In one study of patients who experienced a malpositioned feeding tube, 40% developed pneumonia at the former site of the malpositioned tube.*

* Giantsou, E.; Gunning, K. J. Blindly inserted nasogastric feeding tubes and thoracic complications in intensive care. Health, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. 2010. 2(10): 1135-1141.
Most NG Tube Misplacements Occurred in Older Adults – Tuesday Tube Facts

Most NG Tube Misplacements Occurred in Older Adults – Tuesday Tube Facts

Nearly 68% of malpositioned nasogastric feeding tubes occurred in adults between 60 and 89 years old.*

These events took place in Pennsylvania between 2011 and 2016. About half of the misplacements were discovered with a chest x-ray.*

* Wallace SC. Data Snapshot: Complications Linked to Iatrogenic Enteral Feeding Tube Misplacements. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, 2017; 14:1-60.