Source: Nursing Children and Young People 25/10 pp. 22-25
Date of publication: December 2013
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: The safest method of inserting a gastrostomy in children that require full or supplemental enteral feeding for more than six weeks is by endoscopic placement. The device can be changed to a balloon, button or non-balloon type once a stoma tract has formed successfully following initial placement of a gastrostomy tube. Community nursing teams often support children with gastrostomies and their families. The National Nurses Nutrition Group, the Patient Safety Agency and manufacturers have produced guidance for the safe insertion and replacement of balloon and button gastrostomies, but standardised national guidelines are needed.
Length of Publication: 4 pages
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