I have a resident with a feeding tube. I know he needs to be upright at least a 40degree angle when connected.
He has skin break down on his bottom. He is in his wheel chair most of the day because of "school" and in the bed evenings with the feeding tube connected. He is severly retarded and cannot communicate much at all.
My question is, Can he be placed on his side when the feeding tube is connected while at a 40deg angle? He seems to really like being on his side and will attempt to roll on his side (but can't without assistance). And with the skin break down on his bottom.......
Each nurse I ask, I get a different answer.
At my facility, we do a 30 degree tilt
sk your nurses if that is acceptable. The priority is to prevent the client from aspirating his feed. Make sure every single nurse you work with is aware of the skin breakdown. They need to start putting in place a plan to prevent it from getting worse.
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14