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Tubing is easily accessible when feeding.
 

Tuck tubing into MyPokit when it isn’t needed.

Pocket Secures Tubes  

My daughter, now thirteen years of age, was born with a motility disorder. As a result of her condition, she had a gastrostomy/jejunostomy (G-J) feeding tube placed as a young infant. She has also required a central line for six consecutive years for added nutrition.

 

Early on, I grew apprehensive of the tubes and lines hanging freely from my little girl’s torso, feeling many complications could easily occur. I was fearful of her tubes and lines unintentionally getting yanked when we picked her up or changed her clothing. I was also distressed about my daughter curiously tugging on them herself. Despite my efforts to avoid the unavoidable, these things did happen periodically. Once she started crawling, my concerns heightened. I tested various methods to secure the tubes and lines. For starters, I taped them to her skin, but this only replaced a problem with a problem—the outcome was skin irritation and blistering. Afterwards, I pinned the hanging attachments to her clothing, but I was worried I would not remember to unpin them before removing her clothing. Soon enough, I constructed a wearable pouch to keep her tube and line safe up against her torso, but separate from both her clothing and skin. My daughter began wearing my creation and immediately fell in love. She wore this pouch twenty-four–seven and before long she nicknamed it “my pocket.” After seeing her “pocket,” the staff at Beaumont Children’s Hospital began to urge me to make this available to all patients with feeding tubes and central lines. MyPokit became my passion.

 

MyPokit is made of comfortable, washable fabric and can be worn discretely underneath clothing while keeping your feeding tube or central line safe. MyPokit is available in various styles and will soon be available in a slightly different design aimed towards the adult.

 

Visit https://mypokit.wordpress.com/ to learn more.

 

—Melissa Saville

LifelineLetter, January/February 2012

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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