February 21, 2016

feeding tubeWe are so proud of all the caretakers that ensure their tubies receive the best possible care. As you know, it is vital to make sure the tubes stay in place and emergencies can and do happen. It is best to always be prepared to take action in a moment’s notice. We would like to encourage all of you who are on tube feedings and/or care for someone on a feeding tube to make a habit of carrying an emergency bag.

About the bag

An emergency bag can determine how fast and effective you are at providing care in the given situation.  I prefer to use a bag or back pack that is a bright color or has a fun pattern so it is easy to spot. However, I have also lived the days where I am trying to push a stroller into a doctor’s office while carrying a child in one arm and downing my morning coffee while my purse hangs off my shoulder. In this case, you can strategically place your emergency items in a diaper bag or purse that you routinely carry with you. This habit should be tailored to what is most convenient to your lifestyle.

There are so many different supplies it may seem overwhelming to know what items to include in your emergency bag. Aren’t they all important? Well yes, but let’s review the items that are necessary for the child to actually eat. Of course, each child is different so you may choose to pack more or different items with you depending on your child’s medical complexities. Here is a baseline recommendation list to get your bag started:

G-Button:

  1. Back Up Button
  2. Extension Set
  3. 5cc and 60cc syringe
  4. Tape
  5. Gauze

NG Tube:

  1. Back Up NG Tube
  2. Tegaderm or your choice of securement device
  3. Stethoscope

In keeping these items with you at all times, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for any situation your child may be in. Make the habit and be prepared! Please contact us for all of your enteral nutrition needs.