July 2013. Collins K, Gaffney L, Tan J, Roberts S, Nyulasi I. 

This Evidence Check review examined the evidence on gastrostomy tube care in adults and children. While most evidence was of a low grade, consistent expert opinion suggests that insertion of gastrostomy tubes is overall a safe procedure with less than 5% serious complications. Commercially prepared formulas are recommended for enteral tube feeding. Initial gastrostomy tubes should not be replaced before 30 days post insertion. Patients and carers should receive pre-discharge education from the multidisciplinary team and should be monitored at 3-6 monthly intervals if stable.