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What's a feeding tube for?

What's a feeding tube for?

Help with feeding: A feeding tube is used to help patient's with food intake. The tube will either be put down the throat, or there are more options for long-term care (e.g., a tube surgically placed in the abdomen, to directly access the stomach). Many situations call for feeding tubes; comatose patients, patients with esophageal or swallowing problems, etc. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a feeding tube?

Why would someone  need a feeding tube?

Different Reasons: There are several different reasons. All of which have in common an inability of a person to take in proper amounts of nutrition. These can include being comatose or unable to otherwise feed oneself, as well as esophageal or swallowing problems. In addition, some people with severe dementia eventually have need of a feeding tube. ...Read more

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How can I tell in feeding tube site is infected?

How can I tell in feeding tube site is infected?

Few signs...: There are a few signs to be aware of that might indicate infection at a feeding tube site including pain, redness and pus. If any of these signs are present call your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Tell me about peg tube feeding?

Tell me about peg tube feeding?

PEG Tube: A peg tube is used to deliver nutrition directly into the stomach bypassing the usual entry of nutrients through the mouth. You will need to know about some care issues related to the tube and some signs of complications. You should be supported by a registered dietician and the physician that placed the tube. ...Read more

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My mom has COPD is 72 yrs old and weighs 65 lbs. Is a stomach feeding tube safe?

My mom has COPD is 72 yrs old and weighs 65 lbs. Is a stomach feeding tube safe?

Safer than starving: Within reason, people with COPD who weigh more live longer. No procedure or treatment is completely risk free but in many cases the risk of the procedure is less than the risk of not having the procedure. This should be discussed with the doctor recommending and/or performing the procedure. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get a feeding tube or not a good idea to get a feeding tube I have not been eating neither lunch, breakfast, or supper. I work 2 jobs and i go to school, so I have no free days. I get to work at 5:30 until 7 then i got to school then

Is it a good idea to get a feeding tube or not a good idea to get a feeding tube I have not been eating neither lunch, breakfast, or supper. I work 2 jobs and i go to school, so I have no free days. I get to work at 5:30 until 7 then i got to school then

A : A feeding tube for this reason is a very unhealthy idea. As a psychiatrist, i think that if someone is electing to keep themself so busy that they can not consume three meals per day then that person's life is very unbalanced. You might benefit from counseling to help sort out your priorities. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of feeding tube?

What are the pros and cons of feeding tube?

Easier feedings: The primary advantage of a feeding tube, whether nasal (NG) or surgical, is easier feeding. Tubes may also be used to deliver medicines or to check for gastric residuals. Tubes need upkeep and may become blocked or dislodged, so it is important to have a plan for routine and emergency care. All tubes carry the risk of infection: aspiration pnemonia for NG tubes, skin infections for surgical tube. ...Read more

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How is a feeding tube replaced and removed?

How is a feeding tube replaced and removed?

Depends.: Feeding tubes are either placed in a percutaneous fashion or an open fashion, depending on multiple factors with the patient. The percutaneous entry route is done without surgery, the open route is a surgical procedure. Either way, most tubes can usually be removed by a hard pull on the tube. It comes out of the skin incision and the tract usually closes up on it's own. ...Read more

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What's a feeding tube for?

Help with feeding: A feeding tube is used to help patient's with food intake. The tube will either be put down the throat, or there are more options for long-term care (e.g., a tube surgically placed in the abdomen, to directly access the stomach). Many situations call for feeding tubes; comatose patients, patients with esophageal or swallowing problems, etc. ...Read more

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What is an NJ feeding tube?

What is an NJ feeding tube?

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