Daily cleaning and checking of a care recipient’s cr’s feeding tube is a critical part of preventing noticing or addressing infections or other problems

Try: #assemble the equipment and tell the cr what you are going to do #with cr lying on his or her back place the towel partially under the cr’s left side extending out to protect the bed #partially fill the basin with warm water and place it on a towel on a bedside table or chair don’t put the basin on the bed #put on gloves #remove the old dressing gently from around the feeding tube and discard in the trash #put the washcloth in the warm water wring it out put some soap on it and work up lather #gently clean around the opening of the tube at the skin and two or three inches up the tube removing all the old crusted material #make a note of any redness drainage or odor #completely dry the skin around the tube #apply a small amount of ointment around the area where the tube exits the abdominal wall #place the pre-made opening in the gauze on each side of the tube if not there isn’t a pre-made opening open the gauze and using clean scissors make a cut halfway through the gauze about two inches #secure the gauze on all 4 sides to the abdomen with the paper tape #remove the towel from beneath the cr empty the basin and clean up the area #clean and store the materials for the next time

Materials: Soap gentle liquid soap such as baby shampoo clean basin warm water clean washcloth 2 towels sterile 4 x 4 gauze 2 – 4 packages precut to fit tube if possible medicinal ointment recommended by physician 1 roll of 1 paper tape clean exam gloves latex and non-latex gloves are sold in dollar stores and drug stores clean scissors reserved for clipping gauze bandages plastic shoebox with lid for keeping scissors gloves tape and gauze in

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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