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This activity was developed for nurses and other healthcare professionals providing care to those with enteral feeding tubes.

  • Agenda

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosure section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online activity evaluation form.

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    CREDIT DESIGNATIONMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others an understanding of the varieties of enteral feeding tubes and their components, general guidelines for administering tube feeding formula medications, and proper procedures for daily care and troubleshooting.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Feeding tube components
  • Tube identification: gastrostomy tubes
  • Tube identification: jejunal tubes
  • Tube identification: nasogastric feeding tubes
  • Formula Administration
  • Medication Administration
  • Enteral Feeding Tube Care
  • Troubleshooting Enteral Feeding Tubes
  • Conclusion

    LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify feeding tube components.
  • Define and identify gastrostomy tubes.
  • Define and identify jejunal tubes.
  • Define and identify nasogastric feeding tubes.
  • Describe precautions to take when administering formula using enteral feeding tubes.
  • Describe and utilize the three different methods of administering feeding-tube formula.
  • Explain the four ways to verify tube placement.
  • LIst the five rights of safe medication administration.
  • LIst the steps required to properly clean and maintain various types of enteral feeding tubes.
  • Identify and address signs of irritation or infection at the tube entry/exit site.
  • LIst steps required to flush feeding tubes.
  • Describe how to perform weekly maintenance on the balloon of a balloon gastrostomy tube.
  • LIst the steps in the daily maintenance checklist.
  • Describe troubleshooting of various problems that can occur with enteral feeding tubes, including patient distress, pain, tube leakage, dislodgement, and clogging of tubes.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Michelle R. Tinkham, RN, BSN, PHN, MS, CNOR, CLNC, RNFA served as subject matter expert in review of the content, and performed a content validation review. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, MN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    UNAPPROVED USE DISCLOSUREMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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