Murray State University

Poster Title

Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Promoting Best Practices Through Research: STUDY 1 (J. Clark & H. Clark): Nasogastric Tubes: "Auscul-wait"

Institution

Murray State University

Abstract

The placement of nasogastric tubes is common in many health care settings. This is a technical procedure that takes skill and attention to be performed safely and effectively. Many times health care professionals perform a less reliable and unsafe procedure to check for correct placement at the bedside. This poster will outline what research has shown to be the best clinical practice for verifying nasogastric tube placement at the bedside. Testing the pH of aspirated content has been shown to be far more effective and safer than the commonly practiced method of inserting 5mL of air into an unknown space and listening for a "whoosh" sound over the stomach. With this information it is critical that all facilities update the policy/procedure to reflect the current findings in research. This information will be displayed and utilized to inform healthcare providers of this change in practice. In conclusion, this project was done to provider safer and more effective care to every patient.

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Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Promoting Best Practices Through Research: STUDY 1 (J. Clark & H. Clark): Nasogastric Tubes: "Auscul-wait"

The placement of nasogastric tubes is common in many health care settings. This is a technical procedure that takes skill and attention to be performed safely and effectively. Many times health care professionals perform a less reliable and unsafe procedure to check for correct placement at the bedside. This poster will outline what research has shown to be the best clinical practice for verifying nasogastric tube placement at the bedside. Testing the pH of aspirated content has been shown to be far more effective and safer than the commonly practiced method of inserting 5mL of air into an unknown space and listening for a "whoosh" sound over the stomach. With this information it is critical that all facilities update the policy/procedure to reflect the current findings in research. This information will be displayed and utilized to inform healthcare providers of this change in practice. In conclusion, this project was done to provider safer and more effective care to every patient.