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Medication suitable for manipulation – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Before a medication in a solid dosage form is administered through a feeding tube, it should be determined if the medication is suitable for manipulation, such as crushing a tablet or opening a capsule.[1]

References:

  1. Williams NT. Medication administration through enteral feeding tubes. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2008 Dec 15;65(24):2347-57. doi: 10.2146/ajhp080155. PMID: 19052281.

95% obstruction of feeding tubes – Tuesday Tube Facts

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Obstruction in feeding tubes was reported in 95% of the admixtures with incompatibility.[1]

Managing the schedule of administration of nutrition and medication, and giving enough interval time between medications will theoretically reduce the incidence of medication-nutrition interactions, and diminish incompatibilities that cause obstructions.[1]

References:

  1. Hosam Mohammed Alsamet, Considerations regarding oral medications delivery to patients on nasoenteral tubes, Nutrition Clinique et Métabolisme, Volume 36, Issue 1, 2022, Pages 21-27, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nupar.2021.09.002.

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/.

Sugar in Liquid Medications-Tuesday Tube Facts

References:

  1. Marilyn Schallom. How to recognize, prevent, and troubleshoot mechanical complications of enteral feeding tubes. MyAmericanNurse, Feb 2016. https://www.myamericannurse.com/recognize-prevent-troubleshoot-mechanical-complications-enteral-feeding-tubes/.