What is the optimum method for ensuring correct placement of nasogastric tubes?

Hender K
Record ID 32003000669
Authors' objectives:

This aim of this report was to assess the optimum method for ensuring correct placement of nasogastric tubes.

Authors' recommendations: - Six studies were retrieved that met inclusion and exclusion criteria - Generally favourable results were seen for pH testing, aspiration, bilirubin and enzyme tests in prediction of correct nasogastric tube placement confirmed by radiography. - Specific limitations of the studies: - Some of the tests (bilirubin and enzyme) used are not currently available at the bedside - Some of the tests are only effective in determining placement under a narrow set of circumstances, e.g. pH assisted feeding tubes in children, pH of aspirate when it is <4.0, pH and enzymes in adults - Sensitivity and specificity of the tests were not determined for most of the papers.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal
Organisation Name: Centre for Clinical Effectiveness
Contact Address: Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Block E, Monash Medical Centre, Locked Bag 29, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia. Tel: +61 3 9594 7505; Fax: +61 3 9594 7552.
Contact Name: cce@med.monash.edu.au.
Contact Email: cce@med.monash.edu.au.
Copyright: Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (CCE)
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