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  • Administration & Schedules

     

    When it comes to deciding on the best tube feed routine for you or your child your dietitian will discuss the options with you. There are three ways that the tube feed can be given:

    Continuous feeding: The feed (e.g.1000ml or 1500ml) is given slowly over a number of hours, using a pump that controls the flow rate of the feed. Continuous feeding can take place during the day, overnight or a combination of both.

    Bolus feeding: Feeds are given in smaller volumes (e.g. 200ml) one at a time, several times throughout the day with the use of a pump, gravity or a syringe.

    Combination of both: A combination of these routines can be chosen based on a number of factors, for example, giving you or your child more flexibility.

    Always discuss with your dietitian/doctor first before changing the feeding routine as they can help choose the optimal feeding method for you or your child.

    The ideal position for you or your loved one when tube feeding is sitting upright. However, if this isn't possible, prop yourself or your loved one up on at least two pillows to lie at an angle of 45º or greater. Remain in this position during the feed and for up to 30-60 minutes after tube feeding as it's not safe to feed while lying flat.

     

    Your tube feedING plan

    A tube feeding plan will give you a lot of insight into how it's going to work day to day. Your dietitian will provide all the information you need. A typical daily tube feed plan will include:

    • Name of feed
    • Pack size
    • Amount of feed and the tube feeding routine
    • Amount of sterile or cooled boiled water
    • Flow rate per hour set on the pump (how quickly the feed will be pumped into your tube)/volume and number of bolus feeds
    • Dose or volume on the pump/for bolus feeding
    • Number of water flushes
    • Type of giving set
    • Type and number of syringes.