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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.
And how long please has he had this tube in place?
Is he still in the hospital?
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so if this is a semi-permanent tube that goes into the stomach or jejunum you likely can do this at home
the 'food' that he will get is a liquid formula that is pretty easy to give
certainly it would be nice for his nurse to show you how to do this
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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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
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
are they talking about a minor surgery to put in a more permanent tube?
I dont know. Is this a temporary tube?
yes... if is going in through his nose this is strictly temporary
If he has congestive heart failure would he need a tube at all?
probably not... this is a great question to ask the doctor or nurse in charge of his care
if he is in the hospital for heart failure he shouldn't have any feeding issues
so it is likely he will go home without it
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