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               As an eleven-year tongue and throat cancer survivor and a three-year G-tube user, I have had plenty of time to develop what I consider the perfect syringe holding stand for tubies. You can use it at home or work, in fine restaurants or fast food joints, or on the road. All tubies are aware of the need for an extra hand while trying to tube feed and this new stand fills the bill. 

 

 

  Sanford demonstrates how the stand frees
   up his hands for other tasks.

               When I got my first G-tube, knowing it would be my lifetime companion, I dedicated myself to making the most of each day and not sitting around feeling sorry for myself. I view my feeding tube simply as a different way of eating. With this syringe stand, I no longer have to hold my arm up in the air like the Statue of Liberty while feeding. Also, I spend several hours each day using my laptop, which sits on our breakfast bar, and I can rotate the stand to the side and type emails while tubing my meals, for a little multi-tasking. 

 

               There are a few other stands already on the market, but I have incorporated some unique features into mine:

  • The base has a neoprene pad on the bottom to protect furniture.
  • The base that supports the pipe can be straddled or placed to either side for typing while “eating.”
  • The hole in the base is drilled at a slight angle to compensate for the slope of most chairs; this keeps the syringe out of your face.
  • A pull-pin holds the pipe and base firmly together, but use of the pin is optional.
  • The vertical pipe consists of a larger pipe and a smaller pipe that telescopes down, so it is fully adjustable.
  • The custom clip holds the syringe firmly in place, but also allows you to easily snap the syringe out of the clip. 
 

The pole is angled to keep the syringe
away from the user’s face.

       I custom make each stand and can fit it with the appropriate-sized clip to hold a 60ml, 100ml, or 140ml syringe. The stand costs $69; shipping to any address within the continental U.S. is included. My goal is to help as many tubies as possible, while covering my expenses and tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—Sanford, flachusnret@comcast.net


LifelineLetter, January/February 2017

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.

 

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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