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Clogs Occurred in Average 3.8 Days Following Placement – Tuesday Tube Facts

Did you know…?

In 5 of 6 clogged feeding tubes, the blockage occurred in an average of just 3.8 days following initial tube placement.[1]

In all cases, the clinician was able to clear the clogs using the TubeClear system, keeping those tubes in place and avoiding replacement.

References:

  1. Belcher, M. “An Active Device for Restoring Patency in Clogged Small Bore Feeding and Decompression Tubes, Case Report Series.” 2016.

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]

References:

  1. Ireton-Jones C, DeLegge M. Handbook of Home Nutrition Support. Sudburry, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2007.
  2. Beyer PL, Matarese LE, Gottschlich MM. Complications of enteral nutrition. 1998.
  3. Blumenstein I, Shastri YM, Stein J. Gastroenteric tube feeding: techniques, problems and solutions. World J Gastroenterol. 2014;20(26):8505-8524.
  4. Pancorbo-Hidalgo PL, García-Fernandez FP, Ramírez-Pérez C. Complications associated with enteral nutrition by nasogastric tube in an internal medicine unit. J Clin Nurs. 2001;10(4):482-490.
  5. Marcuard SP, Stegall KS. Unclogging feeding tubes with pancreatic enzyme. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 1990;14(2):198-200.
  6. Frizzi JD, Ray PD, Raff JB. Enteral nutrition by a forward surgical team in Afghanistan. South Med J. 2005;98(3):273-278.
  7. Bourgault AM, Heyland DK, Drover JW, Keefe L, Newman P, Day AG. Prophylactic pancreatic enzymes to reduce feeding tube occlusions. Nutr Clin Pract. 2003;18(5):398-401.

New York’s NG Requirements – Tuesday Tube Facts

New York’s NG Requirements – Tuesday Tube Facts

New York State Public Health Law requires that nasogastric tubes for patient feeding must be the smallest possible and not exceed 12 Fr in diameter unless medically indicated.*

In addition, the feeding tube must be made of a soft, flexible material and specifically manufactured for nasogastric feeding.*

* New York State Department of Health. New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10. https://regs.health.ny.gov/content/section-41512-quality-care. Accessed May 28, 2019