no- gastrostomy tubes w/balloon are not the same as foley caths.
if a pts' g-tube needs changing, we usually stick a foley in until the g-tube arrives from pharmacy.
stomas close up incredibly fast so it's imperative a foley is inserted, to prevent another surgical procedure.
the g-tubes i have worked with, come w/10cc and 30cc balloons.
what i get confused about, is when a gastrostomy is being done in prep for enteral fdgs, there is a procedure where the surgeon sutures the g-tube in.
i thought that was the peg (percutaneous enteral gastrostomy?).
these cannot be changed by nsg. it is solely a surgical procedure.
the other procedure is once the gastrostomy is done, then the g-tube w/balloon is merely inserted, balloon inflated.
it can be changed by nsg prn.
anyway, i was confused as to what exactly a peg tube was.