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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 what to do if the G-Tube falls out in the first six weeks of placement from an experienced PASCO nurse.


  • You will need to replace the G-Tube within the hour of it falling out because the stoma can close very quickly
  • Before beginning the steps below, make plans to see your doctor or go to the emergency department to have it replaced

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

  • Replacement MIC-KEY
  • Lubricant
  • Paper Tape
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Step 2 - Place Temporary MIC-KEY

  • Take a new MIC-KEY button
  • Put lubricant on the end so that it will slide through (can use generous amount)
  • Place the G-Tube back in the stoma
    • DO NOT inflate the balloon at the end
  • Tape over the G-Tube to keep it in place
  • Get to the hospital within an hour
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Step 3 - If You Have No Replacement MIC-KEY

  • Can also use a foley catheter of the same size
  • Take the catheter and apply lubricant
  • Insert it about two inches into the stoma
  • Tape generously around the end so that it stays in place
  • Do not inflate the balloon
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