Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001
|Problem||Possible Causes||What To Do|
|1. Leakage from the button.||1. Anti-reflux valve is sticking. |
2. Anti-reflux valve is broken.
|1. Contact physician. Cover with a dressing to absorb leakage.|
|2. Feeding adaptor comes apart during feeding.||1. Person coughs or is active and pulls the catheter out.||1. Estimate the amount of feeding that is lost. |
2. Reattach the feeding catheter and re-feed the amount that is spilled.
|3. Red or sore skin around the button.||1. Mild soap and water cleansing is not effective.||1. Clean the stoma site with half strength hydrogen peroxide until the irritation decreases, then resume cleaning with soap and water. |
2. Clean the stoma site more frequently.
3. Turn the button in a half circle once a week.
4. Dry the stoma site well.
5. If persists, contact your physician.
|4. Clogging of the Button.||1. Blocked from feeding and/or drugs.||1. Use liquid or completely dissolved drugs only. |
2. Flush with 60cc of warm tap water after giving feeding and drugs.
3. Attach a 10 cc syringe partially filled air or water and gently try to dislodge the plug.
4. Call physician if unable to unclog.
|5. Button falls out.||1. Call physician right away.|