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Guidelines for testing the placing of nasogastric tubes

The recent interest in the safest and most convenient method of checking the position of a nasogastric tube (NGT) began following the circulation of a 2004 report by the coroner for Yorkshire. This made several recommendations, such as an immediate alert cautioning against use of the ‘whoosh’ test and on the risks of using blue litmus paper to check for aspiration of gastric content.

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