Bedside assessment of enteral tube placement: aligning practice with evidence.

@article{Simons2012BedsideAO,
  title={Bedside assessment of enteral tube placement: aligning practice with evidence.},
  author={Shellie Robin Simons and Lisa M Abdallah},
  journal={The American journal of nursing},
  year={2012},
  volume={112 2},
  pages={40-6; quiz 48, 47}
}
Since the flexible Levin tube was introduced in 1921, enteral feeding has become ubiquitous. From the out-set, nurses have been responsible for confirming the correct placement of enteral feeding tubes prior to their use for alimentation or medication administration, but current nursing practice doesn't always reflect the best evidence. Although research has established the inadequacy of auscultation to determine proper tube placement, this method is still commonly practiced. The authors… CONTINUE READING
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