What if they are too old to get up and have a proper meal or just to have a plain glass of water?
What if they are refusing to eat because of certain degenerative brain diseases that is causing them to avoid eating due to loss of appetite?
Something like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Lewy Body Dementia?
Nasogastric tube feeding or NG tube feeding or Ryle’s Tube feeding
Or simply called Feeding Tube could be the ANSWER.
The benefits of tube feeding are to reduce these risks. By providing all the nutrients you need on a daily basis, tube feeding can improve energy and strength, prevent weight loss and support your immune system.
The major advantage of nasogastric feeding is they do not require surgery. Therefore, they can be started quickly and they can be used either for short periods or intermittently with relatively low risk.
By inserting a nasogastric tube, you are gaining access to the stomach and its contents. This enables you to drain gastric contents, decompress the stomach or introduce a passage into the GI tract.
Doctor, Is Nasogastric tube painful?
Yes, if its done wrongly and No if its done gently ,slowly and with a lubricant and atomized nasal lidocaine topical anaesthesia.
Doctor, can I shower with a NG tube?
Yes you can and your healthcare provider will tell you when it is safe to start taking baths or showers again. When you are able to take a bath or shower, remember:Don’t accidentally pull out the tube. If such case occurs,we always can re insert with a new one back.
Doctor, How long does an NG tube stay can inside the stomach?
The use of a nasogastric tube is suitable for enteral feeding.. Polyurethane or silicone feeding tubes are unaffected by gastric acid and can therefore remain in the stomach for a longer period than PVC tubes, which can only be used for up to two weeks.
Doctor, can NG tube get NG tube get blocked?
Your NG tube can potentially become blocked, torn, or dislodged.