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Feeding Tube Placement

Introduction

  • For enteral feeding, infusion is done through a tube inserted into the distal duodenum or proximal jejunum. To avoid reflux of feedings into the stomach, the tip of the tube must be inserted at least as far as the distal 3rd portion of the duodenum (left of the spine).
     
  • The catheter most commonly used at U. Va. for intubation is the Entriflex® Feeding Tube with Flow-Through Stylette (Sherwood Medical Co., St. Louis MO)
     
  • Transnasal intubation is more comfortable for most patients than peroral intubation. However, in a patient with an existing peroral endotracheal tube, peroral intubation may be considered in order to avoid the possibility of acute sinusitis induced by a nasal tube.
 


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