G-Tube Feeding Nursing Care
If you or a loved one have recently gone through extensive gastric surgery or need long-term enteral feeding, you may be familiar with a gastronomy tube. The gastronomy tube, also known as a G-tube, is connected directly to the stomach to allow a patient to feed themselves directly through the stomach. For most people, this is an unfamiliar and often daunting procedure, which is why so many benefit from G-tube feeding nursing care.
What Is Involved in Tube Feeding Nursing Care?
One of the biggest challenges individuals face after extensive gastric surgery is learning how to handle and care for their G-tube. This is an even more significant problem if the person relies on a caregiver for help. This is where an experienced nurse can help.
Tube-feeding nursing care involves both the introduction and education of patients and their caregivers about G-tube feeding care, and involves the following services:
- Assessment of the patient’s abdomen for potential issues with the G-tube, gastrointestinal tract or insertion site
- Cleaning and dressing of the insertion site to reduce wound contamination and minimize the potential for infection
- Irrigation of the G-tube using appropriate sterile methods
- Providing mouth care for the patient or instructing the patient on how to do so to prevent the mouth from becoming too dry
- Teaching the client and family how to care for the tube and feedings
- Referring the patient and their family to medical and community resources for practical and psychological support, as well as continuing education
Why Choose Tube-Feeding Nursing Care?
Nursing care for patients new to G-tube feeding can significantly help patients and their primary caregivers as they transition into their new lifestyle. Not only does this type of care provide patients with educational and emotional support, but G-tube feeding care also helps them heal more quickly while reducing their chances of infection. It also provides their caregivers with the support and education they need to ensure their loved one makes the transition as smoothly as possible.
Skilled care nursing, including G-tube nursing, provides your loved one with the support and care they need to be happy and healthy following a medical procedure. It also provides you with the support and coaching you and other caregivers need to ensure your loved one is getting the help they need to heal. Learn more about how Guardian Community Health Systems’ G-tube feeding care can help you and your loved ones by contacting us today.