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Steps for using G-Tube with formula via pump
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This handout is designed to help you and your family understand how to feed yourself through your gastrostomy [gas-TROS-tuh-mee] tube (G-Tube) after you go home.
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Get supplies - formula (liquid food), water, syringe, container, and towel.
- Check expiration date of formula. See example of expiration date on bottom of can
- Sitting up, remove plug from G-Tube.
You may kink the G-Tube to prevent stomach contents from coming out.
- Attach syringe, pull back on the plunger and draw out stomach contents.
Put stomach contents from each syringe draw into a container. When you are done with drawing out the stomach contents, return them to the stomach.
- If you are able to draw out more than 350ml of stomach contents, do not feed yourself the formula. Let your doctor or visiting nurse know.
- If you draw less than 350ml of stomach contents then go ahead with feeding.
- Shake formula.
- Attach the tubing to the G-Tube. Give the feeding formula in the amount and rate that has been prescribed
- Flush G-Tube with the prescribed amount of water when done.
- Wash syringe and containers.
- Stay sitting up during, and for at least 15-30 minutes after the feeding.
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Note: This information is not meant to replace any information or personal medical advice which you get directly from your doctor(s). If you have any questions about this information, such as the risks or benefits of the treatment listed, please ask your doctor(s).
Produced by the Center for Patient and Community Education in association with the staff and physicians at California Pacific Medical Center. Last updated: July 2011.
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