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What is a Naso-intestinal Tube? What is the Role of the Nasointestinal Tube?

Enteral nutrition has already been known by public which plays an important role in gastrointestinal surgery. The requirement of nutritional support is not only to maintain the patient's body weight and other physiological index but also to maintain cell metabolism and the structure and function of tissues and organs.


Therefore, nasoenteric feeding tube is extremely key for the recovery of critical patients who cannot achieve the autonomic eating.


Introduction of Nasoenteric Feeding Tube


The nasoenteric feeding tube is also known as the duodenal feeding tube, a term that many are unfamiliar with. In fact, nasoenteric feeding tube is a medical device for enteral nutrition infusion through nasal feeding. Due to various reasons, there are many seriously ill patients who have lost the function of autonomic eating and the nasoenteric feeding tubebrings the possibility of food feeding to these patients.


Patients with cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral infarction and other brain diseases may have problems on swallowing function for various reasons, so it is necessary to use the nasoenteric feeding tube for intestinal nutrient replenishment. To patients of laryngeal cancer, coma, esophagus cancer and oral cavity operation who cannot take food through oral cavity or suffer dysphagia, can use nasoenteric feeding tube to undertake energy complement, in order to maintain the normal physiological activity of the patient.


Functions of Nasoenteric Feeding Tube


In general, nasoenteric feeding tube products are designed with a unique sealed connector base to ensure that the cavities do not interfere with each other. The design of each cavity conforms to the engineering philosophy to avoid the direct injury of the patient's gastrointestinal tract by right angle and effectively reduces the injury degree of the nasoenteric feeding tube to the human body in use.


Routine care of the nasoenteric feeding tube is to prevent it from becoming clogged. When the nasoenteric feeding tube is blocked, the blockage should be treated as soon as possible and the nasoenteric feeding tube should be flushed in time to ensure the recirculation rate. If the catheter cannot be dredged temporarily, please do not flush forcefully which easily lead to catheter fracture, resulting into more serious consequences. Warm water, low pressure or negative pressure suction can be used for alternate cleaning. At the same time, part of the outer tube can be repeatedly squeezed by finger pulp to eliminate blockage.


Generally, such products are made of medical grade TPU materials with good biocompatibility, resistance to gastric acid and good thermoplasticity. The nasoenteric feeding tube will soften slowly after insertion, which plays a very important role in reducing foreign body sensation and improving patient comfort.


The nasoenteric feeding tube can usually be flushed or filled with nutrient solution under direct observation. Because the head part of the nasoenteric feeding tube has been lubricated, it can be pulled out quickly, to a certain extent, to avoid scraping the mucosa and skin by the tube.

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