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Caring for People with Gastrostomy Tubes and Devices

Caring for people with gastrostomy tubes and devices covers the patient journey from initiation of gastrostomy feeding to ongoing care, permanent tube removal and transition or transfer of care.

A gastrostomy feeding tube or device is one which has been inserted directly through the abdominal wall into the stomach to allow administration of nutrition, fluids and medications for people who are unable to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration through oral diet alone.

The insertion of a gastrostomy tube or device is considered a relatively safe procedure for adults and children, depending on the underlying medical condition of the patient. However, care for people needing gastrostomy tubes and devices and their families requires specific skills and knowledge and multidisciplinary collaboration.


The guidelines are applicable across health care settings and are designed to provide a framework for the development of local policies and procedures.

Rob’s Story: Life with a feeding tube

In this video, Rob and Lynne Humphries share their experience of living with a feeding tube. View Rob's video