The placement of nasogastric tubes

Lemyze, Malcolm
May 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/18/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 8, p802
Academic Journal
The article offers information on the placement of nasogastric tubes used in enteral feeding. When medication enters the lung through these tubes which are not placed properly in the respiratory tract, it may result in aspiration by proxy, a life threatening complication. If the tubes are misplaced it may result in pneumonia after enteral feeding. Abdominal radiograph is reportedly the best way to determine its position and measuring pH level and absence of coughing can be misleading.


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