FOR PATIENTS & CARERS

Whether you’re taking several medications a day or not, at some point you may have to take medication through your feeding tube. This procedure is quite simple and you’ll be shown how to do it before leaving the hospital.

You will need a syringe, prescribed medications, sterile or cooled boiled water. Since your feeding tube has been designed to take liquids only, where possible you should request your medication in liquid or soluble form from your pharmacist. Crushing tablets is a last resort as it greatly increases the risk of tube blockage.

  1. Before taking medication, be sure you’ve washed your hands.
  2. A 60 ml ENFit syringe should be used to administer medication through the feeding tube.
  3. When you have confirmed that your tube is correctly positioned (you’ll be shown in hospital), flush with the amount of sterile or cooled boiled water advised by your dietitian before administering medication. If several drugs are being taken, a flush of 5-10 ml should be given between each one.
  4. Each medication should be taken separately.
  5. Soluble drugs should be diluted with sterile or cooled boiled water as directed by your dietitian or pharmacist.
  6. Thick liquids should be diluted with an equal amount of water to medicine.
  7. Crushed tablets or opened capsules should be diluted with sterile or cooled boiled water as directed by your dietitian.

The tube should be flushed with sterile or cooled boiled water as directed by your healthcare professional.

FOR PARENTS

Some children may need to take several medications a day, while others might just need them once in a while when they fall ill. You’ll be shown how to give your child medications through his or her tube before leaving the hospital, but rest assured the procedure is quite simple.

You will need:

  • An ENFit syringe
  • Prescribed medication(s)
  • Sterile or cooled boiled water

Your child’s feeding tube has been designed to take liquids only, so whenever possible you should request the medication in liquid or soluble form from the pharmacist. Crushing tablets is a last resort as it increases the risk of the tube becoming blocked.

  1. Always be sure to ask your pharmacist which medications are suitable while tube feeding.
  2. Before giving medications, wash your hands.
  3. A Enfit syringe should be used to administer medication through your child’s feeding tube.
  4. When you have confirmed that your child’s tube is correctly positioned (you’ll be shown in hospital), flush with the amount of sterile or cooled boiled water advised by your dietitian before administering the medication. If several drugs are being taken, a flush of 5-10 ml should be given between each one.
  5. Each medication should be given separately.
  6. Soluble drugs should be diluted with sterile or cooled boiled water as directed by your dietitian or pharmacist.
  7. Thick liquids should be diluted with an equal amount of water to medicine.
  8. If you’re going to use tablets, you should crush them first. If you’re going to use capsules, you should open them to get the contents first. Dilute the crushed tablets or opened capsules with sterile or cooled boiled water as shown by your nurse.

The tube should be flushed with sterile or cooled boiled water as directed by your healthcare professional.