An enteral feeding tube is more likely to clog if certain risk factors are present.
Risk factors for clogging of an enteral feeding tube:
(1) highly viscous formula
(2) formula with precipitate or residue (dregs)
(3) inappropriate medication administration (poorly crushed tablets, etc.)
(4) inadequate flushing
(5) acidic fluids (can precipitate proteins)
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Specialty: Nutrition, Gastroenterology, Critical Care