April 13, 2019
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube is a plastic tube that’s placed into your stomach through your skin. PEG tubes are most often used to offer you food or liquids if you’re not able to drink or eat. Medical formula, medicines, and water could be given through a PEG tube. Your healthcare provider will tell you when and how often to use your PEG tube for feedings. You may need a bolus, intermittent, or continuous feeding. A bolus feeding is when a formula is given over a short time period. An intermittent feeding is scheduled for specific times every day. Continuous feedings run all the time. Consult your healthcare provider which method is best for you. Use a feeding syringe. Connect the feeding syringe to the end of the PEG tube. Are you looking about medication training for carers? View the earlier discussed website.
Pour the correct amount of formula into the syringe. Hold the syringe high. The formula will flow in the PEG tube. The syringe plunger may be used to gently push the final of the formula through the PEG tube. Use a gravity drip bag. Connect the tubing from the gravity drip bag to the end of the PEG tube. Pour the formula into a gravity drip bag. Hang the bag on a health rod, a hanger, or other apparatus. Adjust the flow rate on the tubing based on your healthcare provider’s instructions. The formula will flow in the PEG tube. Ask how long it should take to complete your feeding. Use a feeding pump. You may use an electric pump to control the flow of the formula in your PEG tube. Your healthcare provider will teach you how to set up and use the pump. This helps prevent congestion from formula or medication. Use at least 2 tablespoons (30 millilitres) of water to flush the tube. Follow instructions for flushing your PEG tube. If your PEG tube gets clogged, try to unclog it as soon as possible.
Flush your PEG tube with a 60 millilitre (mL) syringe filled with warm water. Never use a cable to unclog the tube. A cable can poke a hole in the tube. Your healthcare provider may have you use a particular medicine or a plastic brush to help unclog your tube. Check the length of the tube in the end to where it goes into your body. If it becomes longer, it may be at risk for coming out. If it becomes shorter, let your healthcare provider know right away. It needs to be snug against your skin. Tell your health care provider if the bumper seems too tight or too loose. Use an alcohol pad to clean the end of your PEG tube. Do this until you connect tubing or a syringe to your PEG tube and after you remove it. When you disconnect tube or a syringe from your PEG tube, don’t allow the end of the PEG tube touch anything.
March 14, 2019