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TubeClear System Support Documentation
Instructional Video – NE & G Clearing Stems
Troubleshooting Video – NE & G Clearing Stems
Training Video – TC Clearing Stems
Clog Clearing Techniques –
Clog Clearing Techniques –
Clog Clearing Techniques –
Training Video – GJ Clearing Stems
When should I use the TubeClear System?
The TubeClear System is effective against both partial and full occlusions. To improve efficiency, it is recommended to use the TubeClear System as soon as the flow inside the feeding tube becomes sluggish (e.g. it is difficult to flush or the pump alarms).
Can the TubeClear System be used proactively?
Absolutely! We recommend using the TubeClear System at least weekly or every 5 days to remove any material buildup along the inside walls of the feeding tube.
Does the TubeClear System work at bedside?
Yes, the Control Box can be placed on any level surface (e.g., table) or clamped to an IV pole and plugged into a wall outlet.
It operates at bedside; therefore, can be used in many patient settings (e.g. hospital, long-term care, and home).
What should I do if I kink the Clearing Stem and now it has a permanent bend?
Remove the Clearing Stem from the feeding tube. With the Control Box still running check to see if the tip of the Clearing Stem is still moving backward and forward (displacing). If it is still displacing then continue with the clearing procedure. If the tip has stopped displacing discard the Clearing Stem and continue the procedure with a new Clearing Stem.
What should I do if during a flush attempt I allow the Clearing Stem to come in contact with the floor?
Do NOT continue the procedure with the current Clearing Stem as it may have become contaminated. Discard the Clearing Stem that touched the floor and continue the procedure with a new Clearing Stem.
What should I do with the red Magnet Covers and Tip Protectors when I remove them?
Place the Magnet Cover back into the packaging because you will need to put it on the magnet before discarding the Clearing Stem. This prevents the magnet from sticking to metal objects (e.g., waste container) upon disposal. The Tip Protector can be discarded immediately after use.
Why is it that sometimes I can insert the Clearing Stem up to the Collar but I can't flush it right after?
Sometimes the Clearing Stem can tunnel a hole through the material clogging the tube. After flushing with water the remaining clog materials may re-clog the tube. This occurs most often with softer materials (e.g., feeding formula) or larger diameter tubes. If the tube does not flush, repeat the TubeClear procedure until the tube is easily flushed.
Patience is key when dealing with these situations. The TubeClear System will still be able to clear the tube, but it may require a few Clearing Stem insertions.
Check out the instructional video for more information.
Why is the use of water essential with the TubeClear System?
Water helps to break up the contents of the clog. If water is inserted into a clogged tube without the use of the TubeClear System, water may only reach the top of the clog material. But the TubeClear System’s ability to penetrate the clog allows water to reach deeper into the clog, increasing its effectiveness.
Why can't I use the TubeClear System multiple times if it's with the same patient?
All TubeClear Clearing Stem models are indicated for single use. Therefore, it is contraindicated for multiple uses in one patient’s tube.
Should I flush or aspirate after using the TubeClear System?
Initially insert water and aspirate via a syringe. Then use the Clearing Stem as per the Operator’s Manual. After a short time, remove the Clearing Stem and try to aspirate the loosened materials. Then add water and try to flush and aspirate again. If you need to push hard on the syringe, remove the syringe and reinsert the Clearing Stem. Finally, repeat until the tube flushes with little force from the syringe.
What types of materials does the TubeClear System clear?
The TubeClear System clears most medication, feeding formula, and ground food clogs.
When medication is left in the tube for a long time or it chemically reacts with the feeding formula, often the clog materials harden and it is difficult for the Clearing Stem to break up the clog. In these cases use lots of water and remove the Clearing Stem often and aspirate/flush with the syringe then reinsert the Clearing Stem and follow the Operator’s Manual.
It is recommended to using the Clearing Stem when the EAD is sluggish or as soon as the feeding pump alarms. This will enable the Clearing Stem and water to work on the clog more quickly before it fully hardens.
What types of feeding tubes does the TubeClear System work in?
Each Clearing Stem is indicated for a specific diameter (French Size) and length. There are Clearing Stem models available for NE, NG, G, PEG, and J enteral access devices (e.g., feeding tubes). Click here to see all Clearing Stem models.
Does the TubeClear System work on G, J, or PEG tubes?
Yes! Please see the Operator’s Manual for full indications.
Can this be used for home care patients?
Please note that the TubeClear System is indicated for use by Certified and Licensed Healthcare Practitioners.
How much does it cost?
Please contact us to be connected with a distributor near you for most accurate pricing. If you are a Vizient member facility, you can find the TubeClear System on the Innovative Contract #MS7210.