Tips for Traveling with Feeding Tube Equipment

December 19, 2016

feeding tube

AAA expects a record-breaking 103 million Americans to travel between December 23, 2016, and January 2, 2017.  Many of these travelers will hit the road with a feeding tube in tow. In addition to weather concerns and crowded airports, feeding tubes can cause undue stress when traveling. Concerns about TSA regulations, health needs, and emergencies might understandably feel overwhelming for parents of children with feeding tubes. However, with some preparation and knowledge, you can travel with a feeding tube with relative ease. Here are Epic’s top tips for feeding tube travel: Have an Emergency Plan Is your mind racing with…Read More

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Living with Celiac Diease – A Gluten Free Guide

October 3, 2016

Gluten

If you or your child has been recently diagnosed with celiac disease, you may feel overwhelmed. While this feeling is understandable, there is plenty of hope for people with celiac disease. Here’s a quick guide to get you started on your gluten-free journey. What is Celiac Disease? The Celiac Disease Foundation defines the disorder as, “a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.” While the damage occurs in the digestive tract, the symptoms can affect the whole body. Check out this list for some of the most common symptoms. At this time,…Read More

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Back to School – Feeding Tube Planning

September 1, 2016

Tube Feeding

It’s September, and kids are back in school! For children with a feeding tube, there are some important and necessary steps to take to ensure that their feedings are accomplished at school.  Here are some of the steps to plan for: Obtain the needed documentation All school districts require a signed doctor’s order and dietitian’s note specifying the child’s tube feeding plan and needs.  If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you would want to make sure any accommodations that need to be made around their feeding or tube care are specified in it. Train the teacher, school…Read More

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Maira Junaid – Epic Patient Superstar

June 21, 2016

8 year old Maira Junaid is our Epic Patient Superstar, and we’re thrilled to tell you her story! A sweet young lady, who happens to be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, chronic hypoventilatory respiratory failure, bronchopneumonia, and Bronchiectasis, is as tough as her diagnoses are to spell. Her family recently moved to the United States from Pakistan for advanced cystic fibrosis treatment. Maira has been receiving physical therapy, enteral nutrition therapy, and respiratory services from Epic since April 2016. Since then, she has made slow improvements and stabilization; however, Maira is critically ill, requiring continuous intensive evaluations and monitoring. She is…Read More

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Caring for Enteral Supplies and Equipment

June 16, 2016

Washing Hands

Epic Medical Solutions is here to care for all of your family’s enteral nutrition needs. Please use the tips in this educational blog to make sure the tubie in your life receives optimal nutrition care. Enteral formula and the supplies required to support patients with feeding tubes must be properly cared for to maintain the nutritional quality of formula and to ensure feeding pumps operate at their peak performance. How to store nutritional formulas: Store formula in a cool, dry area with limited temperature fluctuations. Avoid exposing liquid formula to extended extreme temperatures (below 32 degrees and above 95 degrees)…Read More

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