Troubleshooting for nasogastric tubes: an update on patient safety

09:00 - 09:30

Nasogastric tube insertion is a frequent intervention done on the wards to administer artificial nutrition and hydration. Misplaced tubes into the lungs or pleural space can have devastating consequences. NPSA alerts have been issued to highlight the risk and address this ‘Never Event’. This presentation will cover the history of nasogastric tubes, a review of the NPSA alerts, algorithms and troubleshooting techniques to deal with those problematic insertions.