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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/.

Malnutrition and Patient Care-Tuesday Tube Facts

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According to a novel care model, hospital malnutrition has the potential to improve patient care quality, clinical outcomes and reduce costs.[1]

Approximately, one-third of patients arrive at the hospital malnourished. [1]

References:

  1. Tappenden, K., Quatrara, B., Parkhurst, M., Malone, A., Ganjiang, G., Ziegler, T. Critical Role of Nutrition in Improving Quality of Care: An Interdisciplinary Call to Action to Address Adult Hospital Malnutrition. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2013. 37(4): 482-497.

GJ Replacements-Tuesday Tube Facts

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In a 6 month period, more than 240 GJ feeding tubes were replaced by interventional radiology under image guidance.[1]

References:

  1. Sharafinski, Mark E. Jr.; Sehnert, Elizabeth; Moe, David; Zhang, Liyun; Simpson, Pippa; Vo, Nghia J. Pediatric Gastrojejunostomy Tube Replacement: Effects of Communication on the Need for After-Hours Procedures, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition: September 2016 – Volume 63 – Issue 3 – p e27-e30 doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001267