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Administration of Enteral Feedings, Gastrostomy or Jejunostomy Tube

 

Gastric feeding by gastrostomy tube is relatively safe to administer provided gastric emptying is normal. Research has shown that aspiration rates are about the same in clients with a gastrostomy tube as with nasogastric tubes (Metheny, 2000).

 

A gastrostomy tube is inserted in surgery. The tube is placed in the stomach and the tube exits in upper left quadrant of the abdomen. An alternative is a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube. This tube also exits through a puncture wound in upper left quadrant of abdomen but is held securely in place by design.

 

A jejunostomy tube is used when clients are at greater risk of aspiration or have delayed gastric emptying. This tube is placed in surgical procedure and advanced into the jejunum.