Just curious what everyone did out there, for feeding their babes gavage feeds. The hospital I'm at now is very different than the one I came from in Canada. Do you guys use OGs, or NGs? And, when you're feeding, do you sit at the bedside and hold the gavage? Do you hang it, and sit at the bedside? Or, does everyone hang their feeds at the same time, and walk away? I'm really curious what most hospitals' practice is, so please let me know. Thanks!
Jan 5, '03
It depends. Is the baby on CPAP? THen OG, NG on NC, vent
or room air. We hang it and walk away mostly. So we can hang two more feeds or PO feed another. I don't have 15 minutes like that to spare!
Last edit by dawngloves on Jan 6, '03
Jan 6, '03
This is interesting...I'm going in to work tonight. I'm going to ask around and double-check our policy. The logic makes sense to me (wouldn't be the first time on this unit I'd been taught something incorrectly!).
Edited to add:
My unit also (or I should say co-workers) tend to stick with the 8fr tubes, despite the size of the baby. Only rarely have i seen others use a 5fr (only if the baby is particularly small). I personally have never understood thr reasoning for this, as I tend to base the size of the tube on the size of the baby (isn't that what we're supposed to do?), but I have been told numerous times that I shouldn't use a 5fr because it takes too long to feed through...??? Does your policy state which tube should be used on which baby? I'm definately going to check tonight on ours.
Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Jan 6, '03