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How do you check the position of a naso-gastric tube?

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23 April, 2012

How do you check the position of a naso-gastric tube? What do you think?

The National Patient Safety Agency has repeated a warning on the risk of harm posed by flushing nasogastric tubes before confirmation of placement.

The rapid response report said nothing should be introduced down the tube before gastric placement has been confirmed; nurses must not flush the tube before gastric placement has been confirmed; and internal guide wires or stylets should not be lubricated before placement confirmation. 

The NPSA said it was aware of three incidents, two of which resulted in death, since the alert went out where staff had flushed tubes with water before initial placement was confirmed.

Readers' comments (4)

  • why would any registered nurse or authorised person wish to pass any fluid down an NG tube before first checking its position?

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  • i was aware that live web chat on this topic was on but i missed it is there a recording any where of the web chat please thanks

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  • God forbid what have we come to. How can anyone introduce anything down an NG tube without checking its position.It could be catastrophic

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  • eileen shepherd

    Thank you for your comments. This is the link to the web chat transcripts

    http://www.nursingtimes.net/opinion/webchats/webchat-archive/

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