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Patient Malnutrition-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Decreasing patient malnutrition helps to decrease healthcare cost, reduce hospital length of stay, reduce readmission, improve functionality and improve quality of life.[1]

References:

  1. ANHI Team. “ADDRESSING MALNUTRITION ACROSS THE CONTINUUM OF CARE.” Abbott Nutrition Health Institute, 1 Sept. 2020

The Importance of Nutrition Assessments-Tuesday Tube Facts

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Nutrition assessment data provides essential information about whether EN is indicated and can be administered safely. [1]

Nutrition status, including the presence or risk of malnutrition, also influences the effectiveness and safety of implementing EN administration. [1]

References:

  1. Boullata, Joseph I., et al. “ASPEN Safe Practices for Enteral Nutrition Therapy.” Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, vol. 41, no. 1, 2016, pp. 15–103., doi:10.1177/0148607116673053. 

NEVER bolus feed the J-port of a GJ tube-Tuesday Tube Facts

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It is important to NEVER bolus feed the J-port of a GJ tube. The intestine is not able to hold as large of a volume as the stomach can.[1]

It is not uncommon to see continuous feeds of 20 hours a day or more with GJ tubes, especially at the beginning of feeding.[1]

References:

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

Eating solid food-Tuesday Tube Facts

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A patient may fear that once a feeding tube is placed, they will never be able to eat solid food again. If the patient can eat by mouth safely, then they can eat food and supplement with the tube feeding.[1]

Eating food will not cause damage to the tube, nor does having a feeding tube make it unsafe to eat.[1]

References:

  1. Soelberg, MS, RD, LDN , Juliette. 5 Misconceptions about Feeding TUBES: Dietitians on Demand. Edited by Kimberly Brown, MS, RD/LD, 27 Apr. 2021, dietitiansondemand.com/top-5-questions-and-misconceptions-about-feeding-tubes/. 

ICU Nutritional Practice-Tuesday Tube Facts

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For enteral Covid-19 patients, feeding tube placement and aspiration are potential aerosol generating procedures.[1]

Tip to decrease Covid-19 exposure due to aerosol generating procedures: Decrease exposure by quicker gastric tube placement rather than postpyloric placement.[3]

References:

  1. Rimensberger, Peter C., et al. “Caring for Critically Ill Children with Suspected or Proven Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection: Recommendations by the Scientific Sections’ Collaborative of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care.” Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, vol. 22, no. 1, 2020, pp. 56–67., doi:10.1097/pcc.0000000000002599.