Medical Equipment Tips

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How Do I check the feeding tube?

Do Not Forget to Check The Tube

Before you begin a feeding, you will need to check the tube to make sure that it is not clogged or displaced outside of the stomach.

To do this, you will need to connect the extension set to the Mic-key. Then connect the monoject catheter tip syringe with 10cc of water to the feeding port.

Now, pull back on the plunger. When you see stomach contents in the tube, flush the Mic-key with the water. If you feel resistance--try it again and check for leakage.

What should you do to the tube at least once a day?

Rotate Rotate

You should always rotate the Mic-key in a full circle when you are doing your daily care. This will help to prevent the tube or balloon from adhering to the skin.

How do I clean my tube?

Cleaning Your Mic-key

Clean the Mic-key feeding port with a cotton tip applicator to remove oil or food. If your child or you are receiving a continuous feeding you will need to flush the tube and the extension tubing at least three times a day.

Why should you always wash your hands before touching the tube?

Common Sense, Please

Always wash your hands before touching the g-tube. In fact, you should use sterile gloves to help prevent infection. This may seem like a simple tip, but you would be surprised at how many of the aides at school do not even give it a thought.

How often should I check the skin around the site.

Habit Habit Habit

Get yourself in the habit of checking the skin around the tube after each feeding. You will want to make sure that the skin is clean and dry. This is also the time to make sure that there is no leakage. If you are using a dressing this would probably be a good time to change it as it will most likely be wet.

What is something that you should always do before you start cleaning?

Be Prepared

When cleaning a g-tube it is best to set yourself up a little work area before you get started. Some things that you will want to make sure that you have close at hand are:

* soap and water
* cotton-tip applicators
* tissue
* disposable lure-lock syringe

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