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GUIDELINES FOR MONITORING TUBE FED PATIENTS When initiating a new or intermittent feeding: Check placement of tube. Check amount of residual (if >100 ml, consider possible reasons for delayed gastric emptying). Every 1/2 hour: Check gravity drip rates when applicable. Every hour: Check pump drip rates when applicable. Every 2-4 hours of continuous feeding: Check residual. Every 4 hours: Check blood glucose; if nondiabetic, and not feeding more than 2500 kcal per day, may discontinue after 48 hours if values are consistently within
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Unformatted text preview: normal limits). Every 8 hours: Check fluid intake and output. Check specific gravity of urine. Every day: Weigh patient. Check electrolytes, blood urea nitrogen and blood glucose daily until stabilized. Every 7 to 10 days: Make nutritional assessment. PRN: Observe patient for any untoward responses to tube feeding (i.e., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) Check tube placement. Check nitrogen balance....
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