Have you ever noticed those cloth pads that some tube users wear around and underneath their feeding tubes? What are these pads and should you be using them? We are setting the record straight, once and for all.
These feeding tube “accessories” are padded pieces of fabric designed to be worn around the feeding tube, sitting in between the external bolster of the tube and the skin. They often come in bright colors and fun patterns, although many companies make them in flesh-tones. They typically have a snap or Velcro closure. Their purpose is to act like gauze or dressing, absorbing any leakage that might occur around the stoma site. Not only do some users find these pads more attractive than gauze, but they are also washable and reusable, making them an environmentally-friendly option.
While we understand the appeal of feeding tube pads, it is important to note that MIC-KEY* Feeding Tubes do not require the use of a gauze dressing or tube pad. However, if you have been instructed by your clinician to use a dressing, it is important to:
- Always keep your skin clean and dry.
- Change gauze or pads when it becomes wet or soiled.
- Never allow a wet dressing to remain in contact with the skin.
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