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Feeding Tube Home Skills Program

You are an important member of the surgical team. We want to help prepare you and your family for full participation and the best recovery. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Feeding Tube Home Skills booklet was developed by members of your surgical team. This program will walk you through skills you will need to manage a feeding tube at home. You will also develop an understanding of; what an enteral feeding tube is, understanding your digestive system, common types of feeding tubes and how they are inserted, problem solving, preparing for emergencies, home management, and other resources.

This standardized interactive program has been developed by the ACS in collaboration with: the Wound Ostomy Continence Society, the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, Society of Pediatric Nursing, the ACS Commission on Cancer, and a feeding tube patient advocate.

About Your Feeding Tubes

What is an Enteral Feeding Tube
Who needs an Enteral Feeding Tube?; Understanding Your Digestive System; Common Types of Feeding Tubes and How They are Inserted; Feeding Tube Supplies

Problem Solving and Emergencies
Aspiration; G-Tube or J-Tube moves from its original placement; G-Tube or J-Tube pulled out; Irritation of Skin at the Stoma Site; Nausea or Vomiting; Diarrhea; Constipation; Granulation Tissue due to friction, Chafing, or Dragging Downwards; Clogged Feeding Tube; Tube Leakage; Buried Bumper Syndrome; Medical Emergencies

Home Management and Other Resources
Daily Care; Bathing and Dressing; Activity; School and Work; Mealtimes; Vacation and Traveling; Emotions; Body Image

Skills to Manage Your Feeding Tube
Feeding Tube Home Skills Videos

ACS Patient Tools

Printable Discharge Plan Worksheet

Full Booklet

Check Your Knowledge

Online Course for Patients


Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit
Contains Booklet, DVD with demonstration of each skill (watch video’s above); feeding tube supplies (low-profile feeding device, gauze, syringe, and stoma model); feeding tube self-care checklist; and evaluation

Surgical Cancer Patient Education

Additional Resources
Professional Resources

Program Credits

ACS Feeding Tubes Task Force

This program was developed and funded in part by a grand from Applied Medical Technology, Inc.

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