|Problem ||Possible Causes ||What To Do |
|1. Leakage from the button. ||1. Anti-reflux valve is sticking. |
2. Anti-reflux valve is broken.
|1. Contact physician. Cover with a dressing to absorb leakage. |
|2. Feeding adaptor comes apart during feeding. ||1. Person coughs or is active and pulls the catheter out. ||1. Estimate the amount of feeding that is lost. |
2. Reattach the feeding catheter and re-feed the amount that is spilled.
|3. Red or sore skin around the button. ||1. Mild soap and water cleansing is not effective. |
2. Button has not been rotated during stoma care.
3. Stoma site is not completely dry after stoma care and bath.
|1. Clean the stoma site with half strength hydrogen peroxide until the irritation decreases, then resume cleaning with soap and water. |
2. Clean the stoma site more frequently.
3. Turn the button in a half circle once a week.
4. Dry the stoma site well.
5. If persists, contact your physician.
|4. Clogging of the Button. ||1. Blocked from feeding and/or drugs. ||1. Use liquid or completely dissolved drugs only. |
2. Flush with 60cc of warm tap water after giving feeding and drugs.
3. Attach a 10 cc syringe partially filled air or water and gently try to dislodge the plug.
4. Call physician if unable to unclog.
|5. Button falls out. || ||1. Call physician right away. |