There are different types of tubes, and I'm ashamed to say I still get confused.
I have one resident who has a GT tube... it clogs up about once a week for reasons
I'm still not clear on; I've heard nurses say that his tube is too narrow and he needs
a bigger French.. I've heard other nurses say that he's not getting flushed often
enough. Maybe it's a little bit of both. Anyhoo, I am constantly having to change
his tube. I pull the old tube out, stick the new tube in, auscultate, check for
residual, blow up the balloon, flush, hook up the tube feeding. Easy peasy.
I have another resident with a surgically placed PEG tube. We still auscultate
to check for placement. Her tube clogs up but is much easier to unclog than the
GT tube; it's a much more flexible tube.
So what exactly is the difference between these tubes? They both go in the
stomach, but why is one surgically placed and stitched in and the other not?