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Home HEALTH Lisa M. Epp, RDA, LD, discusses the new ENFit feeding tube

Lisa M. Epp, RDA, LD, discusses the new ENFit feeding tube

Lisa M. Epp, RDN, LD, Home Enteral Nutrition, Mayo Clinic: My name is Lisa and I am a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. If you have a feeding tube, you may be aware that there has been an international redesign of feeding tubes and equipment. This was done for safety reasons to prevent tube feeding formula from being given through the wrong tube. These tubes are commonly known as ENFit®. Once your feeding tube is changed, there will be a few things you need to know. First, your syringes will look different. Instead of inserting the syringe into the tube, you will need to screw the syringe onto the end of the tube. If you feed with the feeding bag, your bag already has removable adapters. You will need to remove the adapter to thread the end of the bag onto your tube. Due to the design of the tube, we want you to clean the tube once a day with a multi-purpose brush. Instructions for using the brush will be included in your home tube feeding supplies. Lastly, if you use your tube for ventilation, you will need an enteral drainage bag. This also screws onto the end of the feeding tube. If you have additional questions or need additional household supplies, please contact your health care provider.

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