Down syndrome patience w/trek and g tube, had aspiration pneumonia in the past, need advice on if it is possible to aspirate after being feed thru the G tube, she has scrolyoullis of her upper back, her spine is twisted. Please advise!
It is very possible to aspirate with a g tube. She should be sitting up part way when fed and after, or if its a continuous feed, all the time. People can also aspirate on their own saliva. We think that someone would cough when they "choked" and aspirated, but that isn't always so, people can aspirate silently.A J tube rather then a g tube can decrease the risk of aspiration.
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