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Understanding Ryles Tubes and How to Use Them for Feeding Patient

When it comes to feeding tubes, there are various types available, each with its unique features and benefits. In this blog post, we'll delve into the differences between silicone and silicone-coated Ryles tubes and provide a step-by-step guide on how to use them for feeding. Whether you're a caregiver or a patient, understanding these distinctions can help ensure a safe and effective feeding process.

Types of Ryles Tube:

There are 2 main types of Ryles Tube can be found in Malaysian Market, Silicone Tubes or Silicone-Coated Ryles Tube.

Silicone Ryles Tubes are made entirely of silicone, a flexible and durable material.

These tubes are biocompatible, meaning they're less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions. Silicone Ryles tubes are ideal for long-term use (4-8 weeks depending on the condition) due to their durability and resistance to degradation from gastric acid and enzymes.

Silicone Coated Ryles Tubes feature a silicone coating on the external surface, providing a smoother and more comfortable insertion experience. These tubes offer similar benefits to silicone Ryles tubes, including biocompatibility and durability. However, it is mean for shorter time of use (ranging from few days to 1 week).

Feeding Procedure:

Whether you're a family member, friend, or healthcare professional, mastering feeding through an RT tube can significantly improve the well-being and comfort of your loved ones or patients. By bypassing the oral route, RT tube feeding ensures that patients receive the essential nutrients they need to maintain their health and recovery.

Step 1: Priming the tube

Before administering the feeding formula, prime the RT tube by flushing it with water to clear any air and ensure smooth flow.

Step 2: Administering the formula

Use a syringe to slowly administer the prescribed amount of feeding formula into the RT tube.

The syringe is normally a 60ml syringe. Avoid rapid or forceful administration to prevent discomfort or complications.

Step 3: Monitoring and Adjusting

 During the feeding process, monitor the patient for signs of intolerance or complications, such as nausea, vomiting, or abdominal discomfort. Adjust the feeding rate or volume as needed based on the patient's tolerance and status.

Step 4: Completing the feeding and flush

 Once the prescribed amount of formula has been administered, flush the RT tube with water to clear any remaining residue and ensure proper delivery of nutrients.

With dedication and practice, mastering the art of tube feeding can greatly contribute to the well-being and recovery of individuals in need.

Article By: Pharmacist Tan Chan Wei 


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