PEG, Home Care

You had a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube put in your belly (abdomen). Do not put anything in your feeding tube until you have been shown how to use it.

HOME CARE

For the first 24 hours:

  • Do not sign any important or legal papers.

  • Do not drive.

Every day:

  • Check the place where the tube goes into your belly. See your doctor if the tube site is red, puffy (swollen), or smells bad.

  • Clean around the tube with soap and water. Dry the area by patting it gently with a clean towel.

  • Do not put a bandage around the tube site. Keep the area dry.

  • You may adjust the bumper on the outside of your belly. The bumper should lie flat against your skin so you are comfortable.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You throw up (vomit).

  • The pain in your belly gets worse.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You have pain when you swallow.

  • You have chest pain.

  • There is green or yellow fluid (drainage) around the tube site that smells bad.

  • There is redness and puffiness around the tube site.

  • The tube comes out.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.