How do you care for a patient with a PEG tube?

How do you care for a patient with a PEG tube?

How do you care for a patient with a PEG tube?

Caring for the PEG-tube Site

  1. Use either mild soap and water or sterile saline (ask you provider).
  2. Try to remove any drainage or crusting on the skin and tube.
  3. If you used soap, gently clean again with plain water.
  4. Dry the skin well with a clean towel or gauze.

How do you feed with a PEG tube?

Connect a syringe to the PEG tube. Gently draw back the plunger of the syringe to withdraw stomach contents. Read the amount in the syringe. Inject the contents back into the feeding tube (It contains important electrolytes and nutrients).

Can carers do PEG feeding?

Fully trained peg-gastrostomy carers When you opt for PEG tube feeding delivered by a carer employed by Helping Hands, it’s designed to cater to you and you alone. Our expert nursing teams recognise that PEG care circumstances vary from person-to-person.

Is PEG feeding permanent?

Depending on the medical condition, a PEG feeding tube may be temporary or permanent. After a minor stroke, for example, a patient may recover swallowing and ultimately be able to get adequate calories and nutrients from eating by mouth.

Is PEG placement a major surgery?

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement procedure is not a major surgery. It does not involve opening the abdomen. You will be able to go home the same day or the next day after the surgery unless you are admitted for some other reasons.

What are the complications of a PEG tube?

Major complications include necrotising fasciitis,esophageal perforation, gastric perforation, majorgastrointestinal bleeding, colo-cutaneous fistula, buriedbumper syndrome, and inadvertent PEG removal.

How long does a PEG feed take?

The procedure itself takes on average 20 minutes, but may take longer if we need to carry out any treatment during the PEG. You will be admitted to hospital after the procedure and will need to stay in for approximately 72 hours.

What are the risks of PEG feeding?

Some potential risks of PEG tube insertion include:

  • Reactions to the anesthesia.
  • Pain.
  • Leakage of stomach contents around the tube.
  • Infection of the tube site.
  • Infection that spreads inside the belly.
  • Aspiration.
  • Bleeding from the incision area.
  • Bleeding or infection from damage to other organs inside the belly.

Who can train PEG feeding?

PEG feed training is aimed at healthcare professionals and social care workers that are responsible for supporting individuals with their Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy. These courses will usually cover procedures for feeding, administration of medicines and understand the PEG tube.

How often does a PEG tube need to be flushed?

Flush tube with 30 ml of water at least once a day. You may shower 24-48 hours after tube placement.

What are the complications of PEG feeding?


  • Bleeding. Bleeding from the PEG tract, gastric artery, splenic or mesenteric vein injuries (massive retroperitoneal bleeding) and rectus sheath hematoma have been reported[72-74].
  • Aspiration pneumonia.
  • Internal organ injury.
  • Necrotizing fasciitis.
  • Buried bumper syndrome.
  • Tumour seeding of the stoma.

How long can you live with a PEG?

There is some evidence to suggest that PEG tubes may decrease mortality among specific subgroups, such as those with ALS (13). Approximately 81% of all patients survived 30 days after PEG placement, and 38% were alive at 1 year.

How is a PEG feeding tube inserted?

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement involves the insertion of a feeding tube through the abdominal wall into the stomach during an upper endoscopy. A small incision is made on the left side of the abdomen, and then a small, flexible, hollow tube (catheter) with a balloon or flared tip is inserted through the stomach.

What is the purpose of a PEG feeding tube?

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy ( PEG) is an endoscopic medical procedure in which a tube ( PEG tube) is passed into a patient’s stomach through the abdominal wall, most commonly to provide a means of feeding when oral intake is not adequate (for example, because of dysphagia or sedation ). This provides enteral nutrition (making use of the natural digestion process of the gastrointestinal tract) despite bypassing the mouth; enteral nutrition is generally preferable to parenteral

Is a PEG tube and J tube the same?

The G/J is a percutaneously placed combination tube, a PEG/J. A g-tube (large lumen) is placed into the stomach in the same manner that the PEJ was placed. Once the g-tube is in place, a smaller lumen tube is threaded to it and into the jejunum.

How painful is a PEG tube?

A PEG tube is painful initially, but the pain will resolve with time (7-10 days). The tube is not easily visible when wearing clothes. When not in use, they can simply be taped to the patient’s abdomen to prevent them from moving around under clothing.