Study: Feeding Tubes May Put Patients At Risk For Bed Sores

According to a new university study, feeding tubes increase the risk of bed sores in bedridden dementia patients. Previously, the belief was that providing nutrition through feeding tubes helps prevent bed sores or helps promote their healing. The researchers from Brown University noted that feeding tubes can cause agitation in patients, requiring them to be restrained and sedated, and can also increase the risk of diarrhea. Each of factors have been linked to worsening bed sores.

After studying nursing home and Medicare claims, the researchers concluded that patients with a feeding tube were 2.27 times more likely to develop a bed sore than those without a feeding tube. Additionally, the patients without feeding tubes had a higher change that existing wounds would heal. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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