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If you are a caregiver for someone who has a Gastrostomy Tube there are some basic duties and tasks that need to be performed. On this page, you can learn how to dress the G-Tube stoma site.

Maintain Standard Precaution for G-Tube Related Tasks

Before beginning any G-Tube related tasks, make sure to do at least one of the following:

  • Wear gloves
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer and rub until dry
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Step 1 - Gather Supplies

  • Normal saline or tap water
  • 2×2 gauze
  • 4 pieces of paper tape (this type of tape is less adhesive on the skin)
  • Swabs
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Step 2 - Make Note of the Stoma Site

  • Make sure the skin is clean, dry, and intact
  • Stomach content can come out and erode the skin at the stoma site causing skin breakdown
  • If you see this is happening or the skin is red or inflamed:
    • Clean the site with normal saline
    • Dress it
    • Call your physician to have it assessed
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Step 3 - Clean the Stoma Site

  • Remove any old dressing
  • Take one of the swabs and dip it in normal saline or water
  • Clean around the site with the swab
  • Pat the area dry
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Step 4 - Dress the Site

  • Take the 2×2 gauze and place it around the stoma
  • We recommend using paper tape and placing four pieces on the 2×2 gauze – one on each side of the gauze
  • You can tape the gauze in whatever way works the best
  • You can use as much tape as needed to help the gauze stay secure
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