I'm a brand new nurse, and I've just realized nursing school didn't do a great job of explaining all the types of feeding tubes to me. I'm in a critical care rotation program, where I visit all of the ICUs for a few weeks... and I felt so silly and naive when the RN I was following was naming off these different names!
Could someone please explain the different types of feeding tubes? I understand the difference between an NG tube, a PEG tube, a J tube, etc. But she was talking about Dobhoff tubes, as well as ND, NJ, and GJ tubes.
I feel pretty lost, and don't understand why you would use, for example, a Dobhoff instead of an NG tube, or a PEG tube instead of a J tube. And I don't even know what ND / NJ / GJ tubes are!
Any help would be really, REALLY appreciated.
If you were feeling a little lost you should have asked him/her what they were and brief explanation of what they did as well as their benefits vs drawbacks.
A Dobhoff is a tube inserted by a physician using a stylet and held down by a weight to help it pass through the digestive tract to the desired location. It is smaller than an NG tube and thus cannot be used for suction.
ND (Naso-duodenal) goes in through the nose and rests in the duodenum. Usually used for patients with abnormal pylorus function, problems with aspiration or delayed gastric emptying.
NJ (Naso-jujeunal) goes in through the nose and rests in the small intestines, these types of tubes are used for feedings with a pump only, boluses are contraindicated.
GJ (gastrojejunostomy) This tube is used to vent the stomach for air and/or drainage, and to give an alternate way for feeding, which is through the J-tube port.
Hope this helps!
Last edit by Okami_RN on Nov 27, '12
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