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Advances in medical technology have increased the number of patients who survive traumatic events such as strokes, head trauma and chronic conditions such as cancer. Because of this, enteral feeding tubes have become more common and more complex. In fact, the increased patient survival rates are, in part, a result of the advancing development of enteral feeding devices.

This program has been developed to help nurses become more familiar with the increased variety and complexity of enteral feeding devices and their components. It also addresses common practice issues such as correct usage, care and troubleshooting procedures to promote positive patient outcomes.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    This program identifies and describes the usage and care of the feeding tubes found in the major enteral feeding tube groups: gastrostomy tubes, jejunal tubes, and nasogastric feeding tubes. Proper formula and medication administration techniques are demonstrated with an emphasis on preventing clogged tubes. Troubleshooting clogged tubes, excess leakage, and other complications common to enteral feeding tube use is discussed.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Feeding Tube Components
  • Tube Identification
  • Formula Administration
  • Medication Administration
  • Enteral Feeding Tube Care
  • Troubleshooting Enteral Feeding Tubes
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of the the equipment and procedures for enteral feeding, including placement of tubes, site care and maintaining tubes.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the various kinds of enteral feeding tubes, and their components.
  • Describe the internal and external placement of enteral feeding tubes.
  • Demonstrate the techniques for administering formula and medication.
  • Describe tube and tube exit site care.
  • Describe techniques to unclog tubes.
  • Explain each point of a daily maintenance checklist for enteral feeding tubes.

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    Nurses' Guide to Enteral Feeding Tubes Online course
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