Determining feeding tube location by gastric and intestinal pH values.

  title={Determining feeding tube location by gastric and intestinal pH values.},
  author={J. S. Phang and Wallace A. Marsh and Theodore G Barlows and Howard I. Schwartz},
  journal={Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition},
  volume={19 6},
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate a series of pH values of aspirates from feeding tubes to differentiate between gastric and intestinal tube placement. METHODS One hundred ventilator-supported subjects, with an order for nasoduodenal feeding tube placement were randomly selected. The feeding tube was placed into the stomach, verified by auscultation, and 2 pH measurements were obtained. After the pH measurements were taken, tube location was then verified by fluoroscopy… CONTINUE READING