Feeding tubes: Three perspectives

Rebecca Brashler*, Teresa A. Savage, Debjani Mukherjee, Kristi L. Kirschner

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Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes, or PEC tubes, look innocuous enough - narrow, plastic, pliable tubes, that when inserted into the stomach protrude approximately 3 to 5 inches and can be attached to a bag of liquid food. How can something so seemingly straightforward create so much controversy and evoke such intense emotion? It seems that part of the answer lies in the fact that nobody sees the same thing when they look at a feeding tube. This article will present three different views of gastrostomy tubes and challenge practitioners to think beyond traditional models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-77
Number of pages4
JournalTopics in stroke rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Decision-making
  • Disability
  • Ethics
  • Feeding tubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Community and Home Care
  • Clinical Neurology


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