How to care for a client with a PEG tube

What is a PEG tube?
A percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube is a plastic tube that is put into your stomach through your skin. PEG tubes are most often used to give you food or liquids if you are not able to eat or drink.

•    Keep the skin around the PEG tube dry.

•    Do NOT pull on the tube!

•    When bathing/showering, cover the site (may use cling wrap).


When should I contact the Care Manager?

•    The client has nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal discomfort

•    They have discomfort or pain around their PEG tube site

•    The PEG tube is longer than it was when it was put in

•    You have questions or concerns about the client’s condition or care

**If Peg tube comes out, the client is to go to the closest Emergency Department!

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