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WHAT IS TUBE FEEDING? AND WHEN NECESSARY TO USE?

Posted by JENIE=) Wednesday, May 12, 2010

When we hear of a person being fed through the tube or what we call tube feeding, we instantaneously think that the person is in grave situation. But then we just have to be aware that this way of feeding is a mere replacement of the natural way of eating. Since our goal is to get enough calories sufficient to keep us living, or that we keep on ingesting required nutrients to be in good health, tube feeding is being used at times that the person is incapable of doing so the natural or ordinary way of masticating and swallowing.

Like for instance, one of my grandpa’s (a brother to my real maternal grandpa), is presently being fed through the tube because he already sleeps most of his 24 hours thus not being able to eat or take his medicines. It is alarming to know that he is on tube but he is not in grave danger unless he is not nourished.

The same goes for other cases, like when there have been an operation in the oral cavity or down the throat that will last for more than a few days of recuperation and possibility of eating or swallowing, the patient will also be inserted with a tube. In extreme cases of accidents or comatose, it is likewise expected that the doctor will order tube feeding. There are many options though to insertions, could be through the nose or the stomach, depending on the need or the functioning pathway.

It’s like STILL EATING though not moving, CONTINUOUSLY EATING without tasting the food and COMPLETELY NOURISHED though not chewing or swallowing. FOOD THROUGH THE TUBE IS ONE OF THE BEST MEDICAL INTERVENTION.

1 Responses to WHAT IS TUBE FEEDING? AND WHEN NECESSARY TO USE?

  1. theBluesman Says:
  2. gee, i do not intend to be fed like that if i can avoid it as i hear that it's a bit painful and cumbersome & certainly not apetising to eat the food.

     

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