The NHS conducted a study evaluating the use of hand mittens in post stroke patient’s who do not tolerate naso-gastric feeding.
The findings show that early naso-gastric and consistent (NG) feeding in acute stroke patients has been shown to improve patient morbidity and mortality. Acute stroke patients can be agitated and frequently pull out NG tubes. Recurrent NG tubes placements are associated with complications, such as trauma and chest infections. The use of restraints may improve nutrition and reduce complications of NG placements.
Temporary use of hand mittens in patients with acute stroke who are intolerant of NG feeding may reduce the number of NG tubes needed, as well as the number of aspiration pneumonias. Our results suggest that adopting this practice leads to the improvement of nutrition in acute stroke patients.