Nasoenteric Tube

This article has been archived.
Please use for reference only.

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

Description

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.

Nasoenteric

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.

Related News

Smoking, Drinking Prolong Gastrostomy Tube Requirement

Mar 21, 2015

Findings in patients with head and neck cancer undergoing prophylactic GT insertion


Lowering CT Tube Voltage for Colonography Beneficial

Mar 8, 2013

Reduces radiation dose while minimally reducing image quality


Nonselective Beta-Blocker Use Ups Survival in Ovarian Cancers

Aug 24, 2015

Longer median overall survival for patients receiving any beta-blocker versus nonusers