Title

Nasogastric Tube Placement Confirmation

Presenter Information

Chelsea RobinsonFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing (bsn)

Minor

None

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Marcia Hobbs

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Nasogastric tube placement confirmation is a topic that has been researched for many years. The most commonly used methods include insufflation of air, pH paper testing of stomach aspirate, and radiological confirmation. After extensive research and policy revisions, it has been demonstrated that insufflation of air is no longer an acceptable method for confirming placement due to unreliability. The pH testing method should be used as the first line method because of its accuracy and cost effectiveness. Radiological confirmation, the gold standard, may be utilized if pH testing cannot be used. Institutions should revise their policies and implement this change to provide higher quality of care and reduce the risk for mistakes that could be easily prevented. Keywords: nasogastric tube, pH testing, radiological confirmation, insufflation of air

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Nursing

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Nasogastric Tube Placement Confirmation

Nasogastric tube placement confirmation is a topic that has been researched for many years. The most commonly used methods include insufflation of air, pH paper testing of stomach aspirate, and radiological confirmation. After extensive research and policy revisions, it has been demonstrated that insufflation of air is no longer an acceptable method for confirming placement due to unreliability. The pH testing method should be used as the first line method because of its accuracy and cost effectiveness. Radiological confirmation, the gold standard, may be utilized if pH testing cannot be used. Institutions should revise their policies and implement this change to provide higher quality of care and reduce the risk for mistakes that could be easily prevented. Keywords: nasogastric tube, pH testing, radiological confirmation, insufflation of air