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When the elders are unable to eat by themselves, they need to rely on nasogastric tube feeding to provide nutrition, while training their swallowing ability, and can only remove them after they can eat by themselves. There are many elders in Taiwan who are fitted with nasogastric tubes. Special attention must be paid to the care of the force-feeding procedure, force-feeding food and tube cleaning. The role of the nasogastric tube A nasogastric tube is a clear plastic tube that goes through the nostrils, through the throat and into the stomach. When the patient cannot eat by mouth or has abnormal swallowing function, or suffers from certain gastrointestinal diseases, a nasogastric tube must be installed, and liquid food is used instead to provide the patient with remove background from image appropriate calories, nutrition and drugs. According to statistics, as of 2018, nearly 200,000 people in Taiwan had nasogastric tube intubation, of which nearly 60% were aged over 65. Nasogastric tube care for the elderly in Taiwan is a very common issue. Number of people with nasogastric tube intubation_1_(1) Photo Credit: Home Angel Source: Central Health Insurance Agency, Ministry of Health and Welfare What should a person with a nasogastric tube eat? The tube-fed diet can be made into a liquid form with a juicer or conditioner, or buy commercially available tube-fed nutrition products, and mix and prepare various food nutrients. If you are making a homemade tube-fed diet, make sure of the following: The food is enough to provide the daily calorie intake. (For daily calorie intake, please refer to the article of the National Health Administration ) Make sure ingredients and cooking utensils are hygienic, and cut ingredients into small pieces before cooking so they can be cooked and pureed. After the ingredients are pureed, add water to the daily calorie target amount before whisking. (For example: if the daily calorie requirement is 1600 calories, add water to 1600c.c) nasogastric tube user heat Photo Credit: Home Angel Source: Central Health Insurance Agency, Ministry of Health and Welfare
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