Frequently Asked Questions on Enteral Pumps

How can you monitor your fluid balance?
  • Weigh yourself 2 times a week at the same time of day and in the same type of clothing. Write it down in your diary.
  • Call your doctor, dietitian, if you:
    - Gain more than 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) in 1 week 
    - Lose more than 2 pounds (.90 kilograms) in 1 week 
    - Have swelling in your feet, legs, hands, or face 
    - Feel very thirsty o Feel dizzy o Have difficulty breathing
What is the correct tube feeding position?

The best position for tube feeding is to Sit up in a chair during the procedure. If you’re getting your tube feeding while in bed, use a wedge pillow to prop yourself up to at least 45 degrees.

What should be kept in mind while using Enteral Feeding Pumps?
  • Always reclamp your feeding tube before removing your catheter tip syringe to avoid leakage.
  • Move the clamp on your feeding tube to avoid permanent kinking of the tube.
  • To avoid clogging, always flush your feeding tube with the amount of water recommended by your NP or dietitian (usually 30 to 60 mL) before and after:
    - Each feeding. 
    - Taking each medication. 
    - Taking additional clear liquids.
  • If you aren’t using your feeding tube daily, flush it with 60 mL of water at least once a day.
What can be the possible side effects of enteral feeding?

Some of the common problems faced by tube fed patients are Constipation, bloating, nausea, stomach cramps, or diarrhea

What are the issues of concern while on enteral feeding?

Contact your healthcare provider

  • If you see any of the following at your insertion site:
    - Bleeding that soaks a small gauze pad 
    - Pus or drainage with a foul smell 
    - Redness 
    - Swelling 
    - Increased pain that doesn’t go away with medication
  • Feel too full after feedings
  • Have swelling in your abdomen
  • Have nausea or vomiting for more than 24 hours
  • Have bloating, stomach cramps, or diarrhea for more than 24 hours
  • Haven’t had a bowel movement in 2 days
  • Have hard and dry bowel movements
  • Have any changes in your bowel movement, such as in the color, consistency, frequency, or amount.
  • Have any changes in your urine, such as in the color, frequency, or amount.
  • Have a temperature of 101° F (38.3° C) or higher
  • Have chills
  • Gain more than 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) per week
  • Lose more than 2 pounds (.90 kilograms) per week
  • Have swelling of your feet, legs, hands, or face
  • Are dizzy
  • Have difficulty breathing