Venting Gastrostomy Tube

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Considerations:

  • Venting can be helpful to try if student complains of cramping or gassiness during or after feedings
  • Encourage the student to assist in the procedure as much as he/she is able to help student learn self-care skills

Supplies:

  • 60 ml syringe
  • Tape
  • Gloves
  • Gauze/paper towel/tissue

procedure download skill competency

  1. Explain the procedure to the student at a level he/she will understand
  2. Position child either sitting or supine with head up at least 30 degrees
  3. Wash hands
  4. Gather supplies and place on clean surface
  5. Put on gloves
  6. Remove cap or plug from G-tube
  7. Connect a 60 ml catheter-tip syringe to the G-tube
  8. Tape a piece of gauze/paper towel/tissue over the syringe to keep fluids from splashing out
  9. Vent until gassiness relieved
  10. Disconnect syringe
  11. Put cap or plug into G-tube
  12. Remove gloves
  13. Clean syringe with warm water and mild soap
  14. Place on clean surface to air dry
  15. Wash hands
  16. Document assessment, interventions, and outcomes in student’s healthcare record
  17. Follow up with parents/guardian and healthcare provider, as needed

Resources:

MIC—KEY LOW–PROFIILE GASTROSTOMY FEEDIING TUBE: YOUR GUIDE TO PROPER CARE
http://www.mic-key.com/media/40679/r8201b_mic-key_care_guide_english.pdf

MIC-KEY Button Reference card
http://www.mic-key.com/media/78579/ref_card.pdf

MIC Transgastric-Jejunal Feeding Tubes http://www.halyardhealth.com/media/128697/u5918_brochure.pdf

MIC Enteral Feeding Tubes and Accessories
http://www.halyardhealth.com/media/128695/u4850_mic_enteral_tubes.pdf

Guidance and support to help you manage your gastrostomy tube (g-tube) Capsule Non-Balloon Mini ONE® Buttons
http://www.amtinnovation.com/pdf/AMT_NonBalloonPatientCare.pdf

Guidance and support to help you manage your gastrostomy tube (g-tube) Balloon Mini ONE® Buttons
http://www.amtinnovation.com/pdf/AMT_BalloonPatientCare.pdf


References:

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  (2011).  A Guide for Parents G-J tube Care at Home.  Available at: http://www.childrensmn.org/Manuals/PFS/HomeCare/196857.pdf

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  (2011).  A Guide for Parents G tube Care at Home.  Available at http://www.childrensmn.org/manuals/pfs/homecare/196854.pdf

Exit Care.  (2012).  Mosby’s Nursing Consult.  Gastrostomy Tube, Child.


Acknowledgment of Reviewers:

Lori A. Duesing, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC
Advanced Practice Nurse
Department of Gastroenterology
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Kathy Leack, MS, RN, CNS
Advanced Practice Nurse
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin


Page last updated: April 8, 2015