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Malposition of feeding tubes in neonates: is it an issue?


Quandt, D; Schraner, T; Bucher, H U; Arlettaz, R (2009). Malposition of feeding tubes in neonates: is it an issue? Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 48(5):608-611 .

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OBJECTIVES: Accurate tube placement of orogastric and nasogastric feeding tubes in neonates is important to ensure safe and effective enteral feeding. Errors in placement and position of feeding tubes are described in literature, but there is little evidence of the exact prevalence of improperly placed tubes, especially in neonates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To evaluate the prevalence of improperly placed feeding tubes, we reviewed 381 consecutive radiographs and defined the position of the feeding tubes. RESULTS: We found that in 41% of the placements, the optimal position of the feeding tubes was achieved, whereas overall 59% of the feeding tubes had been placed incorrectly. CONCLUSIONS: There is a need for both better rules to measure the distance between nose (lips) and the body of the stomach and improved methods to confirm correct tube position in neonates.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Accurate tube placement of orogastric and nasogastric feeding tubes in neonates is important to ensure safe and effective enteral feeding. Errors in placement and position of feeding tubes are described in literature, but there is little evidence of the exact prevalence of improperly placed tubes, especially in neonates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To evaluate the prevalence of improperly placed feeding tubes, we reviewed 381 consecutive radiographs and defined the position of the feeding tubes. RESULTS: We found that in 41% of the placements, the optimal position of the feeding tubes was achieved, whereas overall 59% of the feeding tubes had been placed incorrectly. CONCLUSIONS: There is a need for both better rules to measure the distance between nose (lips) and the body of the stomach and improved methods to confirm correct tube position in neonates.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:03 Jun 2009 06:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:14
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0277-2116
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0b013e31818c52a8

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