When talking with others in the tube-feeding community, do you ever feel like you’re speaking another language? With words ranging from “aspiration” to “ZEVEX®”, there are many new terms to learn regarding your feeding tube. Here are a few of our favorites:
Accidentally inhaling liquid into the windpipe and/or lungs.
Large amounts of formula or nutrition delivered through the tube.
Feeding small amounts of formula constantly throughout the day (or night) without interruption.
A small machine, plug-in or battery powered, that automatically controls the amount of formula being delivered through the feeding tube (e.g., Moog’s ZEVEX® EnteraLite® Infinity® enteral feeding pump).
Tubing that connects the feeding container to the feeding tube (also called an “administration” or “giving” set).
Backing up of formula or gastric juice from the stomach into the esophagus.
The removal of gas or fluid from the stomach (also called “venting”).
A surgical opening (stoma) through the skin into the stomach.
Fleshy projections formed on the surface of the stoma that will later form fibrous scar tissue.
Formula flows into the stomach by gravity.
Gastrostomy tube. A tube that passes through the skin into the stomach. Also called feeding tube.
Feeding smaller amounts of formula frequently during the day or night. Intermittent feeding supplements night-time continuous feeding.
Food or any substance that nourishes the body – such as protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water.
Surgical opening through which a feeding tube can enter the body.
Contents of the last feeding remaining in the stomach just before the next feeding is to be given.
See “Gastrointestinal Decompression”
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