After undergoing throat surgery as part of his
cancer treatment, Clint B. temporarily needed to
rely on a feeding tube to maintain proper nutrition.
With a PhD in psychology and after years of
conducting research in technology, gaming,
and learning outcomes, Dr. B was surprised
to find that he and his caregiver were woefully
ill-prepared for his feeding tube experience.
“We ended up being unnecessarily frustrated,
worried, and stressed during an already difficult
time. This led to several calls and visits to health
care providers. We felt our anxiety and these
visits could have been avoided had we been
adequately prepared,” Dr. B. stated.
In partnership with the ACS Foundation, the ACS
Division of Education has received generous grant
funding for patient education programs and sees
this resource as a way to not only improve surgical
outcomes and the quality of life for surgical
patients but also provide an additional benefit to
ACS surgeon members. These educational grants
allow the kits to remain affordable.
In this latest venture of feeding tube instruction,
the ACS Surgical Patient Education Program will
produce, distribute, and evaluate 2,500 home skills
Dr. Stewart (second from right) with (from left) Applied Medical
Technologies, Inc. (AMT) representatives Elizabeth Duhan and
Krysta Alexinas and ACS Assistant Director of Patient Education
Kathleen Heneghan, Division of Education.
“The Surgical Patient Education Program, with its emphasis on
an optimal care experience for patients, falls perfectly within
the crosshairs of the Sustaining Fund’s directive,”
according to Shane Hollett, Executive Director, ACS Foundation.
kits over the next two years funded by an educational
grant from Applied Medical Technology, Inc. (AMT).
Applied Medical Technology is proud to partner
with the ACS to support patients and their surgical
caregivers with evidence-based education materials
on feeding tube management post-discharge. AMT
is committed to the care of their patients through
education, innovation, quality products, and
building customer loyalty. We have focused on
enteral feeding for over 25 years and it is our core
concern and business,” AMT founder George Picha,
MD, FACS, said.
The ACS Foundation’s Sustaining Fund, which
supports ACS programs that are not fully funded,
is an additional source of philanthropic contributions.