SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Infant feeding tube

All Wales Contract: Suction catheter/Tubing and related items
Sterility Status: Sterile.
Usage Status: Single use.


PVC tube approximately 40cm or 105cm in length with X-ray detectable line and possesses printed indications of depth. The distal end of the tube is closed and possesses at least 2 side eyes. The proximal end possesses a female luer end with an integral cap which is often colour coded for size identification.


Key areas where used

  • Paediatrics
  • Community

Method of use

An appropriately sized tube is selected depending on the age of the infant. With the aid of the depth marks, the tube is passed into the stomach of the infant via the mouth or the nasal cavity. The tube is secured to the face with adhesive strips. Enteral feeds are administrated either by a syringe drive pump, bolus feed or gravity.


Individually wrapped in a peel pouch

Sizes Required

  • 5Ch 105cm length
  • 6Ch 40cm length


Coding System Code Description
NSV FWP520 Tubes infant feeding, X-ray opaque, depth marked at 10cm and 20cm from tip, approximately 105cm length, sterile IW 5Ch
NSV ABC128 Tubes infant feeding, X-ray opaque, depth marked at 10cm and 20cm from tip, approximately 40cm length, sterile IW 6Ch

Example products

The following table lists examples of products known to be acceptable for this product description.

Brand Name Product Code Manufacturer
Infant feeding tube (105cm) FT1705/105 Pennine Healthcare
Infant feeding tube (40cm) FT1706/40 Pennine Healthcare
Portex (50cm) 400/220/060 Sims Medical

Revision Details

Editor Nicole Toyick
Revision No 1.8
Revision date 2006/04/20

Please inform SMTL of any inaccuracies noted or changes requiredin this datacard.


This datacard has been prepared as an aid to contracting forpurchasers in the NHS in Wales, and shouldnot be used as a substitute for literature, instructions or training from the manufacturersof the devices.

Products mentioned in this datacard are for illustration purposes onlyand should not be seen as an endorsement of these products.

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