Confirming nasogastric tube position with electromagnetic tracking versus pH or X-ray and tube radio-opacity.

@article{Taylor2014ConfirmingNT,
  title={Confirming nasogastric tube position with electromagnetic tracking versus pH or X-ray and tube radio-opacity.},
  author={Stephen J. Taylor and Kaylee Allan and Helen McWilliam and Alex R. Manara and Jules Brown and Deirdre Toher and Wendy Jane Rayner},
  journal={British journal of nursing},
  year={2014},
  volume={23 7},
  pages={352, 354-8}
}
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 polyurethane tubes (PUTs) to determine: accuracy of the electromagnetic (EM) trace in confirming tube position, radio-opacity of PUTs compared… CONTINUE READING