In most ectopic pregnancies, the egg settles in the fallopian tubes.This is why ectopic pregnancies are commonly called "tubal pregnancies." The egg also can implant in the ovary, abdomen, or the cervix, so you also might hear these referred to as cervical or abdominal pregnancies.This can be a psychologist, a nurse, or someone else in the community.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water before you work with the tube. Always flush your tube with the suggested amount of water before and after you use it, including when you use it to take meds.
You’ll need to flush it even on days you don’t use it. It’s important to keep the spot on your skin where the tube goes into your stomach -- the stoma -- clean and dry.
A feeding tube can remain in place as long as you need it. Your home care provider -- nurse, dietitian, or other helper -- will show you how to use and care for it.
Key things to keep in mind for most kinds of feeding tubes include: Clean your hands. This is one of the biggest problems with feeding tubes.
Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue daily, and keep your lips moist with balm or petroleum jelly.
You’ll likely use a special formula with calories and nutrients tailored for you.
Check it every day for irritation, redness, swelling, or infection.
Apply an antibacterial ointment after cleaning the area. Even if you get most or all your nutrition from a tube, your oral health is still important.
If so, your doctor may suggest you check that your tube is placed correctly, switch formula, or she may prescribe medication to help you feel better. You might need to rethink how you do everyday things like dining in restaurants and traveling. If you’re comfortable at social meals, others likely will be, too.