Tube Securement for Preemies & Babies

A Medical Tape for the Most Delicate Skin

Caregivers understand that a strong hold is needed to keep vital tubes in place. They also understand that there is a balance and while a strong hold is important, patient skin is even more important. As a producer of one of the worlds most gentle medical tapes, we place patient care ahead off everything else. When attending trade shows and industry events, we speak to doctors, nurses, care providers, and parents about their challenges when fixing a medical device or tube on their patient or child. We’ve received emails, phone calls, and been contacted via social media about applications and product recommendations and are always happy to assist and provide product samples.

Below are some resources that we have gathered that can assist with securing tubes, devices, and dressings on the youngest patients.

Securing & Stabilizing Children’s G-tube

Mothers and caregivers of babies and toddlers with a gastrostomy tube understand that keeping tubes secure and stable is absolutely necessary in order to keep the site safe and allow time for it to heal.

There are several ways to stabilize the tube. Depending on the situation, a NICU nurse may opt for a long tube with a tension loop held using a non-reactive gentle tape.

Read this informative article from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin demonstrates how to create a few ways to stabilize a g-tube.

Nasal Cannula on Infants & Children

For infants and children dealing with lung disease, birth issues, and those going through oxygen therapy the securement of a nasal tube carrying vital gasses and medications to their lungs is paramount. It is also important that it is gentle on the skin and comfortable to wear.

When preparing your home for an infant or child needing oxygen, professionals recommend:

  • Have a multiple back up oxygen tanks
  • Changing out the nasal prongs weekly or more often if in the presence of mucus and moisture
  • Purchasing and utilizing a full length of tubing to prevent inhibited movement throughout your home
  • If applicable contacting your insurance provider to see if you can secure 2 oxygen concentrators in instances where a home may be more than 1 floor
  • Replacing your tubing every 3 – 6 month
  • Make sure to have a well stocked travel bag with scissors, emergency tubing, sensors, and a gentle waterproof tape
  • A spare portable oxygen tank in case of emergencies

Read Tips for Securing Cannula on Infants & Children

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