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Problems with use of a Foley catheter in enteral tube feeding

Problems with use of a Foley catheter in enteral tube feeding

Ojo, Omorogieva ORCID: 0000-0003-0071-3652 (2014) Problems with use of a Foley catheter in enteral tube feeding. British Journal of Nursing, 23 (7). pp. 360-364. ISSN 0966-0461

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This article discusses the unlicensed use of a Foley catheter in home enteral tube feeding in the community. It is now clear that patients on long-term enteral feeding in the community may require replacement of their feeding tubes due to deterioration, damage or tube dislodgment. Often, these conventional feeding tubes such as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and radiologically inserted gastrostomy tubes are replaced with similar tubes or with balloon gastrostomy tubes. However, the use of a Foley catheter in place of conventional feeding tubes as replacement tube has been observed in a number of patients in practice and documented in literature.

The Foley catheter is significantly less expensive and easily accessible than conventional feeding tubes or balloon gastrostomy tubes. However, its use as an enteral feeding tube has implications for practice in terms of its use as unlicensed product, consent, ethics and professional responsibilities. Issues relating to body image and quality of life are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Accepted for publication: 1 March 2014. [2] Published in print: April 2014. [2] Published online: 6 May 2014.
Uncontrolled Keywords: enteral nutrition, Foley catheter, unlicensed product, consent, community, professional responsibility
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
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