Guidelines for routine gastrostomy tube replacement in children

March 26, 2014

Source:  Nursing Children and Young People 25/10 pp. 22-25

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Date of publicationDecember 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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Patient safety at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals praised as Trust wins two national awards

August 31, 2012

Source: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  An award has been given to a hospital in Sheffield for improving patient safety in gastrointestinal care.  To help patients who are released from hospital after an operation a dedicated community service was set up by the Trust which included a dedicated gastrostomy specialist nurse and two community dieticians.  The number of patients requiring readmission to hospital was significantly reduced after the introduction of the new service.