An Enteral Feeding Tube is recommended when an ALS patient is no longer able to ingest sufficient liquids to prevent dehydration and/or sufficient calories to maintain their body weight. A physician should suggest a feeding tube, after swallowing tests have determined the patient can no longer safely eat sufficiently to maintain their body.
After this is determined there are a few different types of tubes that can be used to help ensure that the patient receives food and nutrition into their body. The different tube types are Gastrostomy, PEG, and Jejunostomy Tubes. All of these tubes enter in a different area of the body, however they all end up in the gastrointestinal.
A tube will become clogged most often when there is a build up of formula residual in the lumen (internal space or opening that exists within the Gastrostomy tube). Tube blockage may be prevented with the routine practice of flushing or declogging the tube. This procedure should be done at least once a day. If blockage occurs the tube should be irrigated or declogged.
If you find that the tubes are clogging, instead of sending your patient to the emergency room, use the Enteral Feeding Tube DeClogger®. This product was designed to help prevent clogs and to remove clogs when they occur. The Enteral Feeding Tube DeClogger is safe and natural due to the fact that it does not require coke, juice or any other solution. The DeClogger will also help save you time since you are able to use this product right away and do not have to wait for a solution to break the clog up or the time spent in the emergency room.