🤓What is tube feeding?
It’s a way of providing the body with nutrition and hydration, via liquid ‘feed’, which is delivered through a flexible tube, usually into the stomach or small intestine. It can provide some or all of a person’s nutrition and hydration.
🤓Why do some people need tube feeding?
There are many reasons why, but it’s mainly used in people who:
• Have difficulty swallowing safely
• Are unable to eat enough orally
• Have a medical condition affecting the digestion and absorption of food and fluid
🤓Types of tube feeding:
• Naso-gastric tube – a long thin tube that goes via the nose, down the back of the throat into the stomach. It’s mainly used for short-term feeding (up to ~4 weeks).
• Gastrostomy tube – a short tube that goes directly into the stomach via the abdomen. It’s usually secured with a little bumper or water-filled balloon on the inside of the stomach and a ‘fixator’ plate on the abdomen surface. It’s mainly used for longer-term feeding.
• Jejunostomy tube – a short tube that goes directly into the small intestine via the abdomen. It’s useful in patients whose stomachs don’t function normally.
🤓What goes into the tube?
• Liquid ‘feed’ – specially prepared to contain different amounts of nutrients - energy, protein, fat, fibre, vitamins + minerals.
Feed is given through the tube, via a syringe or an electronic pump machine. The time it takes can vary largely, from 15-20 mins using a syringe, to over a number of hours using a pump.
🤓Why's a dietitian important here?
The dietitian is responsible for nutritional assessments, feed planning and evaluation, monitoring and patient review. The dietitian can prescribe a tube feed regimen based on the patient’s specific nutritional needs.
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