John’s Troubleshooting Tip of the Month: Food Pump Series- Part 3 No Flow Alarm

PHS understands how stressful it can be when a piece of equipment isn’t working properly, and we want to help resolve any issues as soon as possible for you. So, once a month, PHS Respiratory Therapist, John Sheahan posts a tip on how to troubleshoot a common error with a piece of equipment.

Continuing in our series of food pump troubleshooting tips this month we will discuss ‘No Flow In’ and ‘No Flow Out’ alarm messages on the Infinity Orange and Teal pumps.

The first thing we need to understand is what each of these alarms is really saying.

  • A No Flow In alarm is telling us that formula or breast milk is not moving easily between the feeding bag and the food pump.
  • A No Flow Out alarm is telling us that formula or breast milk is not moving easily between the food pump and the child’s stomach.

If you get a No Flow In alarm do the following:

  • Straighten out twists or bends in the feeding bag tubing.
  • Empty formula or breast milk from feeding bag into clean container.
    • Flush feeding bag and feeding bag tubing with warm water.
    • Pour formula or breast milk back into feeding bag.
    • Remove air from feeding bag and feeding bag tubing.
  • Remove plastic unit and clean the three sensors using cotton swab and water.
  • Replace feeding bag with new one if needed.

If you get a No Flow Out alarm do the following:

  • Straighten out twists or bends in the feeding bag tubing.
  • Empty formula or breast milk from feeding bag into clean container.
    • Flush feeding bag and feeding bag tubing with warm water.
    • Pour formula or breast milk back into feeding bag.
    • Remove air from feeding bag and feeding bag tubing.
  • Remove plastic unit and clean the three sensors using cotton swab and water.
  • Use syringe to flush child’s feeding tube with warm water to be sure feeding tube is not clogged.
  • Replace feeding bag with new one if needed.

NOTE: If there is a clamp on the G-tube be sure to open first and try to resume feeding.

John Sheahan, RRT-NPS, LRTJohn Sheahan, RRT-NPS, LRT is a Licensed Respiratory Therapist at PHS and would love to hear from you if you have a tip that you’ve found helps when working with your equipment, or have an idea for a Troubleshooting Tip post. Share your tip or idea through a comment here or an email to John at jcsheahan@pediatrichomeservice.com.

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