Checklist for Preparing Your Blenderized Meal

Checklist for Preparing Your Blenderized Meal

Being a person who tube feeds or being the caregiver of a person who tube feeds makes you part of an exclusive foodie culture. You have your own accessories, preferred brands of blends and formulas, and an in-depth understanding of what’s going into the body. And like other foodies, there are steps you need to take to ensure an enjoyable and successful mealtime experience.

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GETTING READY

Wash Your Hands

Reduce the risk of infection or illness by washing your hands with warm, soapy water. Remove rings, watches, and bracelets, as these can trap germs. Don’t rush through the washing. Sing “Happy Birthday” in its entirety—about 30 seconds. This is enough time to get your hands ready for feeding.

Gather Supplies

Syringe Feeding
• For blended food or formula, check expiration date. (Blended food or formula should not be open/left in the refrigerator for     more than 24 hours. If it is, throw it out.)
• Syringe(s) • Room temperature water (Using cold water can cause abdominal cramping.)
• Clean paper towels
• Extension set (if you have a low-profile/button tube)

Feeding Pump

For blended food or formula, check expiration date. (Blended food or formula should not be open/left in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours. If it is, throw it out.)
• Feeding pump set
• Pump bag set
• Giving set
• Syringe
• Room temperature water (Using cold water can cause abdominal cramping.)
• Clean paper towels
• Extension set (if you have a low-profile/button tube)

Wash Hands

Repeat the handwashing process as before.

Get Into a Comfortable Position

Sit, or lie, with the head of your bed elevated to between 30–45 degrees (between 2 and 3 pillows under you).

Check the Stoma

Confirm the area is clean—free of infection and debris. Assess for any changes in color, temperature, size, smell, and tenderness.

Flush the Feeding Tube with Room Temperature Water

Using cold water can cause abdominal cramping.

Fill Syringe or Bag with Your Blended Food or Formula

Prime your feeding set (and extension set, if you have a button tube). Set feeding pump according to your care plan or begin syringe feed.

Begin Feeding

Follow the instructions provided to you by your clinician.

AFTER FEEDING

Disconnect the Syringe or Bag from the Feeding Tube

Flush the Feeding Tube with Room Temperature Water

Close Tube

Remain Seated or Elevated at a 30-degree Angle for at Least 30 Minutes

Rinse or Discard All Supplies

VENTING

Venting is the process of releasing air from the stomach through the G-Tube. Just as a person who feeds orally develops air in the stomach, so too can a person who tube feeds. Venting can be done before or after a feeding, or any time the need arises.

The venting system you use is determined by the type of tube you have. The process, however, is essentially the same across the board.

Wash Your Hands with Warm Water

Get a Large Syringe and a Large Cup

Remove the Plunger from the Large Syringe

Insert the Syringe into the End of the Tube or into the Extension Set

Unclamp the Tube

Air Will Move Through the Tube

Gently pushing on the stomach or raising your legs to your chest will help get the air moving. BE AWARE: Food may also come out.

Allow Any Food to Run Back Down the Tube—This is Called Re-Feeding

Use the large cup to catch any food that spills out of the tube. After the air has been cleared, pour the food back into the tube and re-feed.

Rinse or Discard All Supplies

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