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Feeding Tube

A feeding tube is a medical device used to provide nutrition to patients who cannot obtain nutrition by mouth, are unable to swallow safely, or need nutritional supplementation. The state of being fed by a feeding tube is called gavage, enteral feeding or tube feeding. Placement may be temporary for the treatment of acute conditions or lifelong in the case of chronic disabilities. A variety of feeding tubes are used in medical practice. They are usually made of polyurethane or silicone. The diameter of a feeding tube is measured in French units (each French unit equals 0.33 millimeters). They are classified by site of insertion and intended use.

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Feeding Tube - K-E Diet
... for Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition) involves being tube-fed a carbohydrate free mixture of protein and fats, adding up to 800 calories a day ...
Tracheo-oesophageal Puncture - Placement of The Voice Prosthesis
... period, the patient is fed through a feeding tube, either inserted directly into the stomach or through a more temporary version than extends from the nose into the stomach ... This tube is removed when the patient is able to eat enough by mouth to maintain nutritional needs this can be as early as the second day following surgery ... is that the patient will need to use a feeding tube for a few days ...
Selected Court Cases In The Terri Schiavo Case
... the Sixth Circuit Court of Florida (Pinellas County), to remove her feeding tube pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 765.401(3) ... life-prolonging measures, and on April 24, 2001, her feeding tube was removed for the first time, only to be reinserted several days later ... a Pinellas County judge ordered the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube ...
Selected Court Cases In The Terri Schiavo Case - Legal Cases 1992-2002 - Schiavo II
... On April 24, 2001 Terri's feeding tube was removed for the first time ... The judge, Frank Quesada, issued an injunction against the removal of feeding tube until this was settled ... The feeding tube was reinserted on April 26, 2001 ...
Selected Court Cases In The Terri Schiavo Case - Terri's Law and Other Government Delays
... On October 15, 2003, Schiavo's feeding tube was removed ... Governor Bush immediately ordered the feeding tube reinserted ... Plant Rehabilitation Hospital in Clearwater, where her feeding tube was surgically reinserted ...

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