PEG Tubes in Adults: Use, Overuse & the SLPs Role
Speech-language pathologists are often asked to make recommendations about a person’s ability to eat and drink by mouth. Restrictions on oral intake can lead to the use of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube. But recent studies on PEG tubes have raised doubts about their long-term benefit, and concerns about their overuse for providing artificial enteral nutrition. This seminar addresses research information, provides insightful information about the barriers to limiting PEG tube overuse, and offers evidence-based placement guidelines.
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You will be able to:
- discuss the rapid growth of PEG tube use in adults
- list conditions for which PEG tubes have and have not been shown to be effective
- list barriers to limiting PEG tube overuse
- examine the role of SLPs in making artificial hydration and nutrition decisions
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Instructor Disclosure: Not available. The content for this program was developed and published prior to the ASHA Continuing Education Board requiring instructional personnel to provide financial and nonfinancial disclosure statements.