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G-Tube Feeding Tips

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Gastrostomy Tube feeding is a way to ensure that the patient is getting adequate nutrition. If someone cannot physically eat or is not getting enough nutrition than tube feeding may be the best option.

PVC Nasogastric-fedding-tube

A G-Tube is a flexible tube that enters the stomach through a surgical incision, called a stoma. Anytime something enters the body there is a risk of infection; therefore, it is important to wash hands frequently, keep the stoma clean and wash feeding containers daily.

Things to Know

How to Feed Yourself

Just follow these simple steps for a step-by-step guide on tube feeding:

  1. Wash Hands Thoroughly
  2. Attach a 60cc Syringe to the End of the Tube and Pull Back
  3. Note: You will expect to see some stomach fluid in the syringe. Talk to your doctor if you are not seeing any fluid.
  4. Insert the Feeding Bag Line into the G-Tube
  5. Adjust the Flow by Opening the Clamp Slowly
  6. After Feeding, Flush the Line by Adding Some Water
  7. Note: the amount of water to use here should be specified by a doctor.

How to Give Medication

PVC Nasogastric-fedding-tube

Liquid Medication and crushable pills can be given through a G-Tube. First, check with a medical professional to determine if your pills are safe to crush and then follow these steps:

  1. Make Sure your Tube is Properly in Place
  2. Flush the Tube with 30cc's of Water
  3. Dissolve Fully-Crushed Pills in Warm Water
  4. Deliver Medication with a Syringe
  5. Flush Again with Water

Helpful Tips

There are many things to keep in mind when tube feeding.

  1. Make sure the tube is clean and free of obstruction. Do this by flushing with water immediately before and after feeding.
  2. Be aware of any changes in the length of the tube. These changes could indicate that the tube is out-of-place.
  3. Talk to a Doctor if you do not see fluid when testing. This could indicate a problem.
  4. You should not have difficulty breathing nor should you choke during tube feeding. This could mean that the flow is too fast.
  5. Sit-up during feeding. This will help things flow naturally.




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