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  • Equipment & Training


    You will receive training in hospital and/or at home by the healthcare professional team (and/or the nurse of the tube feeding company) and should be given plenty of time to practice before being discharged home. The nurses may use a special form to help guide the training you need for tube feeding. This form is then completed at the end of training to ensure you are happy with all aspects of feeding and caring for the feeding tube.

     

    EQUIPMENT YOU MAY REQUIRE TO START TUBE FEEDING

    Items you may be given:

    Provided by:

    Feeding pump

    Tube feed company

    Feeding pump frame

    Tube feed company

    Tube feed

    Pharmacist/dietitian/nurse
    /tube feeding company

    Giving sets and accessories,
    e.g. syringes

    Check with your dietitian

    Spare feeding tubes

    Check with your dietitian

    Syringes

    Check with your dietitian

    Carrier pack

    Tube feed company

     

    Cameron Camel's story can help explain to your child what a feeding pump is. You can download the booklet here.

     

    Pumps, giving sets, accessories and syringes

    The tube feeding pump and feeding pump frame will be supplied on long term loan by the tube feeding company when you or your loved one are discharged from hospital. To maintain the pump in good working order, make sure you keep the instruction guide handy. You will have the opportunity to go through any questions with the nurses before being discharged home. Most instruction guides also have troubleshooting information in the event of a malfunction or an alarm being activated.

    Depending on local arrangements you or your child may receive up to seven days supply of giving sets, syringes and accessories if required when discharged from hospital. This supply will cover what you need until the first home delivery arrives at your house or you collect the equipment from the local district nurse/pharmacist. Always make sure you keep a seven day buffer supply, and contact the tube feeding company or local district nurse/pharmacist in advance to reorder supplies to make sure you don't run out.

     

    TUBE FEEDS

    Typically, up to seven days supply of tube feeds will be provided by the hospital/healthcare team when you or your loved one are discharged from hospital. You'll be given a prescription for the tube feeds, which can be sent to the pharmacist of the tube feeding company or given to your local pharmacy. It's important to remember to renew your prescription for your tube feed before your supply runs out.