Posted on December 17 2012Many changes are happening in the field of enteral feeding. One of the leading manufacturers is taking a step back to focus on their nutritional formulas, leaving the door to the tube-feeding market wide open. Covidien is stepping in with an all-new, one-of-a-kind enteral feeding pump called the Kangaroo Joey. Covidien has been making enteral feeding pumps for years, but the Joey is special. The Kangaroo Joey is the first hydrating and ambulatory enteral feeding device. This lightweight pump is highly portable, providing tube-feeding patients independence to do as they wish without ever missing a scheduled feeding. The Kangaroo Joey by Covidien is interchangeable with many Abbott and Kendall products. However, the Joey is not interchangeable with the regular pumps produced by Covidien under the Kangaroo name. Due to the no-drip chamber of the Joey feeding sets, they cannot be used with the Kangaroo standard pumps. The new Kangaroo Joey enteral feeding pump is simple-to-use with an ATM-style interface. It features easy step-by-step prompts, 8 alarm options, and is multilingual with 15 different languages to choose from. Additionally, this enteral feeding pump is highly portable, coming with a small backpack to help transport necessary tube-feeding items. With this feature, busy and active tube-feeding patients can carry on with their daily lives, and get their liquid nutrition whenever or wherever they like. The Kangaroo Joey pump sets are designed with the new, innovative Safety Screw Spike Set which is comparable to the new toppers of the Abbott Enteral Feeding Nutritional Formulas. The Joey pump sets are also free of DEHP and are anti-free flowing. For user convenience, the Joey enteral feeding pump also features a 72-hour feeding history. This allows patients and caregivers to monitor precise feeding statistics including amount and duration between feedings. Also for convenience, the Kangaroo Joey is appropriate for almost all patients and is safe for patients in infancy all the way into the geriatric years. This unique and convenient enteral feeding pump offers accurate, and reliable readings. It also safely dispenses liquid nutrition for a wide variety of patients. For continuous or bolus enteral feeding, and flushing, consider the Kangaroo Joey by Covidien. This highly convenient and portable enteral feeding pump not only delivers high-valued nutritional formulas, but also encourages independence in a patient’s life. Mountainside Medical Equipment is a proud supplier of the Kangaroo Joey Enteral Feeding Pump by Covidien. Get the Kangaroo Joey for an excellent, low price by visiting our website and placing an order online. Orders can also be placed by calling 1-888-687-4334 and speaking with one of our knowledgeable Medical Supply Specialists.
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Posted on April 20 2012
A concept imported from Italy to facilitate weight loss is sweeping across the states helping facilitate healthy and rapid weight loss ranging from 15-25 pounds in just 10 days. Though controversial, the feeding tube diet is being utilized in patients looking for a jump start to weight loss. Is the feeding tube diet safe or right for you?
How does the feeding tube diet work?
Referred to as the K-E Diet, a physician in Miami Beach, FL has brought the concept to the states to aid in weight loss. In this diet plan, for 10 days a feeding tube is inserted through the nose that delivers an 800 calorie diet directly down the esophagus. The patient does not eat during this time as all nutrients are delivered through the tube. The patient is also fitted with a portable pump to control the flow of nutrition.
Is the feeding tube diet safe?
According to the leading US physician behind the effort, all patients are screened and monitored to ensure that there are no adverse effects from the restricted nutrition delivery plan. Prior to accepting patients, they are thoroughly screened to verify safety and need, and their progress is closely monitored. However, critics have alleged that this is not a medically necessary or safe way for patients to lose weight.
What's the worst that can happen?
The use of a feeding tube can lead to complications such as trauma to the nose, throat, and lungs and even lead to gastrointestinal bleeding. Other side effects of rapid weight loss include unbalanced nutrition and gall stones.
Should I try the feeding tube diet?
The choice to proceed with this rapid weight loss program is a decision to be made in conjunction with your physician. The logic behind the concept seems sound, but the risks may be too high to disregard. At this point, there are no enteral feeding supplies approved by the FDA for use as a weight loss program.
Learn more about enteral feeding supplies including feeding tubes and pumps online today or call to speak with a friendly representative at 1-888-687-4334.
Posted on March 19 2012
Various nutrition delivery methods are available and can be tailored to patient needs and changes in condition. There are three primary nutrition delivery methods including oral, enteral, and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). Each nutritional delivery model accommodates a level of patient need from moderate to severe.
Oral nutrition delivery is the method that most of us are familiar with and involves the consumption of food, fluids, and supplements. Often, the supplements are integrated into the meal plan to make them more palatable. Consider integrating reward systems based on eating preferences, such as allowing a favorite dessert when the patient makes an effort to consume the defined meal. Drinks like Ensure or Jevity are designed to provide complete nutrition while offering a pleasant taste.
Enteral feeding is a nutritional delivery method that utilizes a small feeding tube when patients have difficulty chewing or swallowing. Various formulas are designed based on patient need and may be delivered on a continuous or as needed basis. Enteral feeding requires regular x-rays to verify that the tube is positioned correctly.
Parenteral Feeding is a constant nutritional delivery method that utilizes an intravenous line to deliver nutrition to the patient. This option is typically only selected as a last resort when the patient cannot or will not comply with the other methods.
Adequate nutrition delivery is imperative to the successful healing of a patient and is often challenged by conditions that weaken their muscles, immune system, and even result in depression. By offering a variety of methods, health care providers are able to increase the chance of successful treatment.
For more information or to order nutritional supplements or delivery systems and components shop online or call 1-888-687-4334 to speak with a courteous customer service representative today.
Posted on March 08 2012
The measurement of body proportions, such as height, weight, etc., is what is referred to as the collection of anthropometric information. These figures help to develop nutrition and treatment plans based on normal and abnormal results. Characteristics such as ideal body weight and body mass index can help guide exercise, diet, and care plans for patients.
Ideal Body Weight is a commonly noted piece of anthropometric information that is calculated based on standard measurements collected through several studies. The calculation for ideal body weight accounts for the standard weight of a 5ft individual and assuming 5-6lbs per inch taller than 5ft. More clearly defined, the average weight for a 5ft male is 106lbs and 100lbs for a female. For each inch over 5ft, add 5lbs for a female and 6lbs for a male. Variance of 10% difference is included to account for frame size. This means that a female, 5'5" tall should weigh 112.5-137.5lbs. Fluctuation greater than 5% outside of ideal body weight signals a nutritional risk factor.
Another common piece of anthropometric information is Body Mass Index, frequently notated as BMI. This calculation considers the proportion of body fat in relation to lean body mass. Levels outside the normal ranges identify malnutrition or obesity depending on the direction of variance. A simple calculation of an individual's weight multiplied by 703 is then divided by the square of that person's height in inches. If this number is between 18.6 and 24.9, this is considered normal. Outside of these ranges may indicate the person is underweight (<18.5), overweight (25-29.9), or obese (>30).
Anthropometric information is not limited to height and weight, but rather proportions of the body including the appendages as well. For centuries, this information has been used to identify people and in many calculations and comparisons. This data is essential for effective nutrition, exercise, and treatment programs.