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  • Administration & Schedules

     

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

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

    Bolus feeding: The tube 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 the person you care for 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 the person you care for.

    The ideal position for tube feeding is to sit upright. However, if this isn't possible, prop yourself or the person you care for up on at least two pillows to lie at an angle of 45º or greater. Remain in this position during tube feeding and for up to 30-60 minutes after, 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 tube feed
    • Pack size
    • Amount of tube 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.