Gastric tube

A gastric tube (or feeding tube) helps to feed the patient during his stay in intensive care. The patient receives by this probe a balanced diet, including adapted amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals.

A gastric tube can be inserted into the esophagus and stomach through the nose or mouth.

Sometimes a gastrostomy tube can be inserted directly into the small intestine through a small surgical procedure.