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Old 09-27-2009, 11:43 PM #1 (permalink)
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Default PEG tube cleaning brush

I've had my tube since January, and I find it clogs more than ever. Since I only put supplement and meds down it, I figure I'm getting close to needing a new tube.

Meanwhile, I found a little gizmo with a teeny brush at the end, and a flexible tube that allows you to get the brush close to the body. I have a clamp in the middle of my tube, and that's where the supplement gunk seems to build up. Next time I replace the nozzle (I'm on my third), I'm going to take the clamp off and clean that area too. (The brush won't go past the clamp, so I have to move it down close to my body to clean with the brush.

It's made by Bard, and I got mine for $16 from some vendor but can't remember who. I found one for $21.

I'm also going to try using a little baking soda in water to see if that will sweeten up the tube a bit. Don't see why it wouldn't work.

Last edited by David : 10-06-2009 at 11:11 PM
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