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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 357--360

Bedside placement of small-bowel feeding tube in Intensive Care Unit for enteral nutrition

Department of Anesthesia and Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hospital, Muscat, Oman

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Dr. Antara Gokhale
P.O. Box 1076, PC-130, Azaiba, Muscat
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.183909

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Enteral nutrition is the preferred mode of nutrition in critically ill patients whenever feasible as it has a number of advantages over parenteral feeding. Both gastric and small-bowel feeding can effectively deliver calories. In patients with gastroparesis, small-bowel feeding can help avoid parenteral feeding. We carried out a retrospective observational study to assess the ability to insert the Tiger 2 tube into the small bowel at the bedside in 25 patients who failed to tolerate gastric feeds. The time taken, rate of successful insertion, and ability to feed these patients using a standardized feeding protocol were noted. Success rate of insertion was 78% and feeding could be established. This method reduced the delays and risks associated with transportation and dependence on other specialties.


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