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February 27, 2010
10:30 a.m.

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Tools of the Trade - Product Review
MIC-KEY Medication Set

The MIC-KEY Medication set is a 2Ē long, 0.5 cc capacity extension for the MIC-KEY low-profile gastrostomy button. This shorter g-tube extension can be used to give medications or very small volume feeds.

The good:

Because this is a very short tube, it doesnít take much water to flush with. This can be helpful in a short gut patient whose feeds are limited to very small volumes. Medications and feeds can be pushed with a syringe rather than being delivered by gravity. This extension is easier to clean that longer extensions. Itís compact and easy to store or to carry with medications when away from home.

The bad:

Unlike other extensions, the medication set does not have a clamp. To prevent spilling when a syringe is removed while the extension is attached, you must pinch the tube. Also, itís close to the tummy which can make accessing it difficult on wiggly babies and toddlers.

Overall impressions:

This extension is a great tool for a Short Gut patient. Itís easy to care for and relatively easy to use. (It doesnít take much practice to get used to pinching off the tube.) For children who are sensitive to changes of 1 or 2 ccís in volume, this tube makes it possible to minimize the amount of extra fluids given by flushing .

Product details:

Manufacturer: Kimberly Clark

Product number: 0122-02

Where to buy:

You can most likely order this product from your enteral feeding supplier.

Some insurance companies limit the number and type of tubes covered each month, so make sure to check your coverage before ordering.

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