Caring for People with Gastrostomy Tubes and Devices
Caring for people with gastrostomy tubes and devices covers the patient journey from initiation of gastrostomy feeding to ongoing care, permanent tube removal and transition or transfer of care.
A gastrostomy feeding tube or device is one which has been inserted directly through the abdominal wall into the stomach to allow administration of nutrition, fluids and medications for people who are unable to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration through oral diet alone.
The insertion of a gastrostomy tube or device is considered a relatively safe procedure for adults and children, depending on the underlying medical condition of the patient. However, care for people needing gastrostomy tubes and devices and their families requires specific skills and knowledge and multidisciplinary collaboration.
The guidelines are applicable across health care settings and are designed to provide a framework for the development of local policies and procedures.
- A Clinician’s Guide: Caring for people with gastrostomy tubes and devices - Key Principles and Practice Points
- A Clinician’s Guide: Caring for people with gastrostomy tubes and devices - From pre-insertion to ongoing care and removal
- Factsheet - Frequently asked questions: Caring for people with gastrostomy tubes and devices (July 2015)
Rob’s Story: Life with a feeding tube
In this video, Rob and Lynne Humphries share their experience of living with a feeding tube.View Rob's video
These presentations, from the launch of the guide, provide information about the background and development of the Guide, its structure and contents and a summary of the key principles of care.
- A Clinicians Guide: Caring for people with gastrostomy tubes and devices - from pre-insertion to ongoing care and removal. This presentation includes:
- An introduction to “The Guide”, Kylie Whitten, Senior Paediatric Dietitian Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
- Next steps – implement and evaluate, Ms Kirsten Campbell, Network Manager -Gastroenterology, ACI
- Evaluation of the Day, Ms Tanya Hazlewood, Network Manager - Nutrition, ACI
- A patient-centred approach to Gastrostomy management, Kath Collins, Senior Dietitian, Alfred Health - Melbourne
- Deciding to initiate gastrostomy feeding, Dr Usha Krishnan, Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
- Acute hospital care, Irena Martincich, Clinical Nurse Consultant, St George Hospital
- Care of tubes and devices outside of the hospital setting, Wayne Phillips, Clinical Nurse Consultant Paediatrics, Fairfield Hospital
- Transition, Alison Kennedy, Clinical Nurse Consultant Surgery and Wound Care, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick