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VOLUME 20 , ISSUE 6 ( 2016 ) > List of Articles


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

Yogesh Manhas, Sandeep Kantoor, Juhi Chandwani, Ashraf Ezzat Mahmoud

Keywords : Bedside placement, postpyloric feeds, Tiger 2 tube

Citation Information : Manhas Y, Kantoor S, Chandwani J, Mahmoud AE. Bedside placement of small-bowel feeding tube in Intensive Care Unit for enteral nutrition. Indian J Crit Care Med 2016; 20 (6):357-360.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.183909

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


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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