Daily care and maintenance of your gastrostomy site and tube are important parts of your tube feeding routine. Keeping the gastrostomy site clean and dry helps to guard against skin irritation and infections. Washing the tube will help it last longer.
Things to look for:
*Increased redness, drainage or pain can mean the tube or internal or external bolsters are incorrectly positioned or secured. It may also mean an infection. This may be a dangerous situation needing medical attention.
Tuck the tube gently into clothing. (A tube that is left free to hang will pull on the gastrostomy tract. Over time this can injure the tract and the inside of the stomach).
Use tape on the tube, then pin through the tape tab to the inside of clothing.
Use paper, micropore or other tape that is not “gummy” to tape the tube to the skin or to a skin barrier dressing. (White adhesive tape will leave a sticky material on the tube and skin, which is harder to remove and may cause skin irritation).
You may need a clean wash cloth, cotton balls, cotton tip swab, mild soap, and warm water.
Note: Sometimes a dressing is used around a gastrostomy tube for a few days after the tube is placed. After this, a dressing is not routinely needed. Should your tube require the use of a dressing, ask your doctor or nurse how to place dressing correctly.
Note: For the first 4-6 weeks after placement of a new PEG, bath water should not be so deep that the tube is under the water. Shower water should fall on your back only. For a balloon, low profile, or older PEG tube you can take a bath or shower as you normally do.
DISCLAIMER: This information is designed for customer use only and does not represent the advice of a medical health professional. Please contact your doctor for explicit advice on your prescription and/or feeding program.