THE MAINTENANCE of nutrition is an ever-present problem in the management of both medical and surgical patients. The superiority of alimentary ingestion is well recognized, although emphasis in recent years has been directed toward the intravenous route. There are always some patients who cannot or will not take fluid and food by mouth. In this group until recently jejunostomy has been the only recourse when the usual type of gastric or jejunal tube has been poorly tolerated and the intravenous route has been unequal to the task of maintaining the patient in positive nitrogen, fluid, and electrolyte balance. The availability of fine caliber polyethylene tubes has changed this picture, since these small tubes are well tolerated in the upper gastrointestinal tract over a long time. Polyethylene tubes are available in various sizes.1 We have found that size PE 200 with an outside diameter of 1.9 mm. is very satisfactory
FALLIS LS, BARRON J. GASTRIC AND JEJUNAL ALIMENTATION WITH FINE POLYETHYLENE TUBES. AMA Arch Surg. 1952;65(3):373–381. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260020387005
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