Title

The who, what, why, and how-to guide for gastrostomy tube placement in infants

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-1-2003

Journal

Advances in Neonatal Care

Volume

3

Issue

4

DOI

10.1016/S1536-0903(03)00139-5

Keywords

Discharge planning; Gastrostomy tube; Home care; Parent education

Abstract

The decision to place a gastrostomy tube in an infant can be confusing and difficult for both parents and professionals. A unified team approach is critical to communication and collaboration. Once the decision is made, coordinated parent education, discharge planning, and community integration are essential to facilitate a safe discharge. This article reviews the indications and options for gastrostomy placement, outlines current concepts in gastrostomy tube care, and answers the most frequently asked questions about the discharge and home care of infants with a gastrostomy tube. Copyright © 2003 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

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