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More On Granulation Tissue
In the “Tube Talk” column in May/June LifelineLetter, Ann DeBarbieri had a good suggestion for discouraging the granulation tissue formation around the G-tube. I wanted to tell her and the rest of the Oley members about a product that my daughter uses. It is called Sof-wick I.V. sponge, made by Johnson and Johnson. It is a sterile 2” x 2” six-ply pad with a split half way down the middle. We have found these to fit perfectly around the stem of the G-tube. They are very soft and absorbent. If we need to apply medicinal creams to the area these are helpful to keep the meds on the skin and not the clothes. Also if the tube is leaking they will help to absorb that too. One last thing we use them for is when there is a crust formed on the skin around the tube. I wet the pad with warm water and apply it for about 10 minutes and the crust is dissolved with no trauma to the area.
Editor’s note: If you have any questions, or if your tube continues to leak, call your physician/ET nurse.