Patients inadvertently pull feeding tubes out, leading to complications such as malnutrition, increase length of stay, increased unnecessary sedation, restraints and nursing time with patient.
Stomach reflux is independently associated with problems including aspiration pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome and gastrointestinal bleeding, especially in patients in the intensive care unit. This leads to higher hospital costs and worse patient outcomes.
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Malnutrition is very common in ICU patients. This is related to poor caloric estimations and poor tracking of caloric intake. Malnutrition leads to increase complications, longer length of stay and higher mortality rates.