Nasoenteric Tube

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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001


The nasoenteric tube is a long, thin, flexible feeding tube which is passed through the nose into the stomach or small intestine. It carries nutrients into your body when you are unable to eat or unable to eat enough. ("Naso" refers to nose and "enteric" refers to your intestinal tract.) The thin tube can be inserted through your nose while you are in your bed. The tube will be taped to your nose to prevent it from moving.


Care of The Nasoenteric Tube

You will need the following supplies:

  • Washcloth
  • Antibacterial Soap
  • Tape

  1. Wash your hands. (See the Handwashing section located in this manual for more information).
  2. Always make sure that the tube is taped securely to your nose. The tube will be more comfortable if it is looped and then taped.
  3. The tape that holds your tube in place should be changed each day and as needed to secure the tube to your nose.

    • Carefully remove the tape from your nose, without pulling or moving the tube.
    • Wash the area with soap and water and pat dry.
    • Replace the tape.
    • Place the tape on a different area of your nose each day to avoid irritating your skin.
    • To prevent breakdown of your nose, slightly move tube so it rests on different part of your nose.