What is Feeding Tube?

Category: Equipment

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Generic Name: Feeding Tube

See also: PEG-Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, RIG-Radiologically Inserted Gastrostomy

Feeding tubes are used to support a person's nutritional needs. They may be temporary or needed intermittently during acute illness and in recovery. Long term use is indicated for providing nutrition and hydration when control over swallowing is impaired due to progressive disease or injury.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 77 10
General health 71 5
Choking on food 41 7
Support weight gain 21 4
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 8 3
Weight loss 5 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Feeding Tube"

Severe
0
Moderate
5
Mild
4
None
27

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Feeding Tube

Hospitalization 53
Pain 2
Abdominal bloating 1
None 1
Gas 1
Discomfort 1

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Did not seem to work 1
Not indicated 1
See all 16 patients who’ve stopped using Feeding Tube

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Feeding Tube
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 9
2 years or more 30
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 6
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 3
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
24 67%
Usually
8 22%
Sometimes
2 6%
Never
2 6%
Burden
Very
0 0%
Somewhat
7 19%
A little
11 31%
Not at all
18 50%
Cost
$200+
2 13%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
2 13%
$25-49
2 13%
< $25
10 63%
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16 patient evaluations for Feeding Tube

Gerd-NF
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Gerd-NF
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Gerd-NF's full Feeding Tube history

Aug 17, 2010 (Started Aug 15, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Pic adress: http://www.gerd-nf.de.vu/bilder_icons/fuer_PLM/PEG-Sonde_und_Stoma.jpg

  • 0 helpful marks
mkrier2
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mkrier2
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

See mkrier2's full Feeding Tube history

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Mar 12, 2002)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Choking on food: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: GREAT WAY TO GET PROPER HYDRATION.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
rdc59
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rdc59
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

See rdc59's full Feeding Tube history

Nov 11, 2009 (Started Feb 06, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Support weight gain: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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