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Improved radiological assessment of neonatal feeding tubes


Quandt, D; Brøns, E; Schiffer Meyer, P; Schraner, T; Bucher, H U; Arlettaz, R (2013). Improved radiological assessment of neonatal feeding tubes. Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 98(1):F78-F80.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In about one-fifth of radiographs performed in neonates, no exact gastric feeding tube position can be defined.
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether injection of air via feeding tube before taking radiographs improves radiological assessment of its position.
METHODS: In the study group (n=153), air was injected via gastric feeding tube before taking a radiograph. The tube position on radiographs was compared with a blinded control group (n=381) with no injection of air.
RESULTS: The definition of exact gastric tube position was possible in 95% of the study group compared with 78% in the control group (p<0.001).
CONCLUSION: Injection of air before taking a radiograph significantly improves the definition of exact gastric feeding tube position in neonates.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In about one-fifth of radiographs performed in neonates, no exact gastric feeding tube position can be defined.
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether injection of air via feeding tube before taking radiographs improves radiological assessment of its position.
METHODS: In the study group (n=153), air was injected via gastric feeding tube before taking a radiograph. The tube position on radiographs was compared with a blinded control group (n=381) with no injection of air.
RESULTS: The definition of exact gastric tube position was possible in 95% of the study group compared with 78% in the control group (p<0.001).
CONCLUSION: Injection of air before taking a radiograph significantly improves the definition of exact gastric feeding 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
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:21 Mar 2013 13:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:19
Publisher:BMJ Group
ISSN:1359-2998
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2011-301158
Official URL:http://fn.bmj.com/content/98/1/F78.long
PubMed ID:22315468

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