Tube Feeding Formulas

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Tube feeding plays an important role in delivering the required nutrition to patients with poor voluntary intake, chronic mechanical or neurological dysphagia, or gut dysfunction. Tube feeding formula or tube feed is a liquid form of nutrition that is delivered to the body with the help of a feeding tube. It includes all the essential nutrients required by the body on a regular basis like carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. These nutrients are similar to what we get from normal food, and are digested in the same way. Patient Room offers a wide range of tube feeding formulas from top-selling brands like Abbott, Nestle Nutrition, Medical Nutrition, etc.


Different Types of Tube Feeding Formulas

Nutritional requirements are different for different individuals. The type of tube feeding formula you are recommended depends on a number of factors like your weight, height, medical condition, activity level and many more conditions. Tube feeds are basically classified into the following types: 

  • Standard / Polymeric Tube Feedings: Standard tube feeds contain intact nutrients which are not broken down. They require some additional work to be digested by the digestive system. 
  • Elemental Tube Feedings: Elemental tube feeds are nutritionally complete. They contain protein equivalent and fats which are in their simplest form. They are considered to be predigested formulas which are easy to digest but still need minimal digestive function. 
  • Specialized Formulas: They are nutritionally complete products, designed to meet the requirements of individuals with specific health conditions.


Avoiding Common Tube Feeding Problems

  • Blocked feeding tube – The tube gets blocked when the it isn't flushed or when formula or medicines are too thick. To prevent blockage flush the tube with warm water before and after feedings and medicines. Never try to use a wire or a pointy object to try to unclog a tube. It can poke a hole in the tube.
  • Tube falling out: Call your doctor right away. Never try to put the tube back in by yourself.  The tube needs to be replaced before the opening in your belly closes. This can happen within hours.
  • Tube Leakage: A tube that leaks may be blocked, or it may not fit right. After checking the tube and flushing it to make sure that the tube isn't blocked, call your doctor.


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