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My father has a feeding tube.Do we need a nurse to feed him

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My father has a feeding tube.Do we need a nurse to feed him (food and medicine) Or can we do this ourselves?

911DOC :

Do you know what kind of tube this is? I assume it's a tube into the stomach or the jejunum... the first part of the small intestine.

911DOC :

And how long please has he had this tube in place?

911DOC :

Is he still in the hospital?

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911DOC :

so if this is a semi-permanent tube that goes into the stomach or jejunum you likely can do this at home

911DOC :

the 'food' that he will get is a liquid formula that is pretty easy to give

911DOC :

certainly it would be nice for his nurse to show you how to do this

911DOC :

but this is very simple once you get the hang of it

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but it would be really nice to have someone demonstrate this to you

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standing by for your response

Customer:

I think it goes into the stomach.It goes into his nose and comes out somwhere in his stomach. He has had this for a few days.He has congestive heart failure. He is still in the hospital,but they want to release him in a week

911DOC :

I see

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they will probably NOT send him home with this type of tube... this is called a nasogastric tube and is not good for long term feeds at home

911DOC :

are they talking about a minor surgery to put in a more permanent tube?

Customer:

I dont know. Is this a temporary tube?

911DOC :

yes... if is going in through his nose this is strictly temporary

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

If he has congestive heart failure would he need a tube at all?

911DOC :

probably not... this is a great question to ask the doctor or nurse in charge of his care

911DOC :

if he is in the hospital for heart failure he shouldn't have any feeding issues

911DOC :

so it is likely he will go home without it

Customer:

Thanks

911DOC :

you are most welcome

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do you have any further questions about your father's case?

Customer:

No, i want to print this conversation and give it to my mother.How can I do that?

911DOC :

sure

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but it will not print from the site

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so the best way to do this is to cut and paste this into an email or a word document

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you can always read the question and my responses under the 'my questions' link above

Customer:

ok

911DOC :

anything else?

Customer:

No

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