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Gtube - IVF?


Our dietician asked the question below, can you please clarify. Also if gtube is not used anymore should it be coded in Section K - Feeding Tubes.

Should flushes be counted as part of fluid intake and not IV fluids?

GT is flushed with water q shift, then you should count it just like you count IVFs????

Dietician question.

Thank you.


Specializes in ER CCU MICU SICU LTC/SNF.

If the GT or IVF is not used for nutrition or hydration, it cannot be captured. Albeit flushing is simply to keep the tube patent, the amount of fluids used to flush the tubes, GT or IV, should be included in the daily fluid intake.