The kit includes the following items (see Figure 2,
•A 44-page booklet divided into four easy-to-reference
• The Skills Simulation Equipment, including the enteral
feeding tube (EFT) practice model; syringes and extension set kit; and two medicine cups. The feeding tube
and syringe set has a label with the model number
to comply with standards, a warning that the tube is
for demonstration only, and 1-800 customer service
• The instructional video demonstrating feeding tube
management supported by a step-by-step checklist to
guide skill acquisition.
•A professional medical provider checklist for validation of knowledge and ability.
•A patient evaluation of the home care experience.
Funded through philanthropy
The ACS Surgical Patient Education Program is ideally aligned with the charitable mission of many
corporations. With its emphasis on improving care
for the surgical patient, the program has provided
medical device manufacturers with a way to give back
to the surgical community through philanthropic
support. For example, Coloplast has been a multi-year
partner in the Ostomy Home Skills Kits, and Smith
& Nephew has provided funding for the wound care
program. Educational grants from these companies
have helped fund the development and distribution
of the patient skills kits.
As with any new product, the initial expense to pro-
duce and evaluate the educational kits is significant. In
partnership with the ACS Foundation, the ACS Divi-
sion 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 patients but also to provide an
additional benefit to ACS surgeon members. These
educational grants allow the kits to remain affordable.
In this latest venture, the ACS Surgical Patient
Education Program will produce, distribute, and
evaluate 2,500 Feeding Tube Home Skills 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 materi-
als 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,” said AMT founder George
Picha, MD, FACS.
The ACS Foundation’s Sustaining Fund, which
supports ACS programs that are not fully funded, is
an additional source of philanthropic contributions.
According to Shane Hollett, Executive Director,
ACS Foundation, “The Surgical Patient Education
Program, with its emphasis on an optimal care experi-
ence for patients, falls perfectly within the crosshairs
of the Sustaining Fund’s directive.”
If past experience with the skills kits developed through
the ACS Surgical Patient Education Program is any
indication, the Patient Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit
promises to be a welcome aid to patients. Two trial
data collection programs have been completed to
assess the effectiveness of the ostomy skills program
(see Figures 3 and 4, pages 33 and 34, respectively).
Results from the ACS Ostomy Trial 1 indicate that
ACS Ostomy Home Skills Kit users have significantly
greater self-confidence, satisfaction, and knowledge
in comparison with patients who have undergone
traditional training. These patients also have demonstrated higher skill levels in less time when compared
with patients who have undergone traditional lecture
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