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Cost Effective Corner- Tips from John Sheahan

Please take a minute to think about the way you currently use medical supplies, and how you can safely adapt your use to optimize insurance dollars. PHS is commonly asked, “How much will my insurance cover?” We’d like you to adjust your thinking to “how much does my child need?” We’re taking a look at common supply items, which can be safely cleaned and reused – in an effort to reduce wasteful spending. We encourage you to think about the item below and discuss with your child’s professional caregivers. Refer to the Infection Prevention area of your PHS education binder or contact you child’s primary clinician if you have any questions.

infinity feeding bag, reuseable supplies, washing supplies, insurance dollar savings

sample feeding bag

Feeding Bags & Feeding Extension Sets

Feeding Bag Between feedings:

  1. Rinse feeding bag completely with hot water.
  2. Rinse feeding bag completely with cold water.
  3. Store feeding bag in the refrigerator in a resealable bag.

NOTE! You may use feeding bag until it does NOT work.

Syringe (used for feeding and delivering medication into feeding tube) Feeding Extension and Medication/Extension Sets

  1. Take supply apart.
  2. Wash supply in mixture of warm water and standard dish soap.
  3. Rinse supply completely in hot water.
  4. Allow supply to air dry completely.

NOTE! You may use supply until it is cracked, worn or does NOT work.

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 save insurance dollars, or have an idea for a Cost Effective Corner post. Share your tip or idea through a comment here or an email to John at

Originally published: January 10, 2011