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Tube Talk: Tips for Declogging a Tube
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These tips and reference images come from Cynthia Reddick, RD, CNSC, who presented information about tube feeding at the 2018 Oley Consumer/Clinician Conference.


                    

                         
Flushing a tube that has    
a legacy connector

Flushing a tube that has      
an ENFit connector

Push-Pull Technique:

1. Fill a 60 ml syringe halfway with warm water.

2. Connect the syringe to the feed port of the feeding tube.

3. Grasp the end of the plunger and gently rock it back and forth as you first pull it out, then push it into the barrel of the syringe in an effort to loosen and dislodge the clog in the tube.

4. Take a break as needed, then try again. Work on it for a few minutes. It may take some time and patience.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Med Port Technique (for tubes with med ports):


   

Flushing the medport of a tube     

that has a legacy connector

Flushing the medport of a tube     

that has an ENFit connector

1. Fill a 6 or 10 ml syringe halfway with warm water.

2. Connect the syringe to the smaller med (medication) port of the feeding tube.

3. Gently and slowly attempt to flush the med port with the water.

4. Do not force the flush or attempt a “power flush.”

 

 

 

 

 



 





LifelineLetter, November/December 2018

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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