Tips for Keeping Your Tube-Fed Patients in the Home

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
08/12/14  10:12 PM PST

Celebrate National Food Safety Education Month this September by encouraging your tube-fed patients to follow these safe practices for tube feeding:

1.  Wash your hands before handling all formula equipment and supplies

2.  Store unopened formula in a cool, dry area

3.  Refrigerate leftover formula and discard after 24 hours

4.  Follow the formula hang time guidelines listed below:

4 hours:

Non-sterile powdered formula and human milk

8 hours:

Sterile formula in an open system in a health care facility

12 hours:

Sterile formula in an open system at home

24-28 hours:

Sterile formula in a closed system

This article is is tended for educational use only and does not replace the advice of a medical professional. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your enteral nutrition, contact your healthcare provider.

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