Kaylee Allan

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Recent evidence suggests official statistics greatly underestimate the occurrence of complications from misplaced nasogastric (NG) tubes, even when detected. Current methods of confirming tube position do not provide adequate protection from misplacement. In addition, some tubes are inadequately radio-opaque. We prospectively audited placement of Cortrak(More)
Misplacing 17-23% of nasogastric (NG) tubes above the stomach ( Rollins et al, 2012 ; Rayner, 2013 ) represents a serious risk in terms of aspiration, further invasive (tube) procedures, irradiation from failed X-ray confirmation, delay to feed and medication. One causal factor is that in the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) guidance to place a tube,(More)
Around 5% of hospital patients require enteral tube feeding, yet its efficacy and costs are poorly understood. The authors examined radio-opacity, reason for repeat X-ray and overall cost in consecutive patients having tubes confirmed by X-ray when using polyvinylchloride (PVC) Ryles tubes versus CORFLO® (CORTRAK Medsystems) polyurethane tubes (PUTs); and(More)
INTRODUCTION It is rare for isolated sphenoid sinusitis to cause orbital cellulitis. We present a rare case of posterior orbital cellulitis, so caused, together with a review of the relevant literature. CASE REPORT A 29-year-old woman presented with a 6-week history of progressive, unilateral, retro-orbital and periorbital right eye pain. On examination,(More)
Stroke patients with dysphagia often depend on nutrition, hydration and medication via nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes. Securing tubes using tape is associated with repeated tube loss. In this study, the authors determined cause and effect by auditing tube placement methods, delays incurred, duration and costs. Of 202 NG tube placements in 75 patients, 67(More)
Electromagnetic (EM)-guided tube placement has been successfully used to pre-empt lung misplacement, but undetected misplacements continue to occur. The authors conducted an audit to investigate whether official Cortrak or local guidance enabled differentiation of gastrointestinal (GI) from lung traces. X-ray, pH or an EM trace beyond the gastric body were(More)
Gastric confirmation by pH is only achievable in approximately 50% of placements and X-rays are expensive and may be misinterpreted. Bedside electromagnetic (EM) guidance offers real-time confirmation. The authors determined the accuracy of guidance in predicting gastric body position from the EM trace using official Cortrak guidance (the EM trace reaches(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Relatively high protein input has been associated with improved clinical outcome in critical illness. However, until recently differences in clinical outcome have been examined in terms of the energy goal-versus under-feeding. Most studies failed to set the energy goal by an accurate measure or estimate of expenditure or independently(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Delayed gastric emptying (DGE) commonly limits the use of enteral nutrition (EN) and may increase ventilator-associated pneumonia. Nasointestinal feeding has not been tested against dual prokinetic treatment (Metoclopramide and Erythromycin) in DGE refractory to metoclopramide. This trial tests the feasibility of recruiting this(More)
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