Development of a clinical practice guideline for testing Nasogastric Tube Placement
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PURPOSE: A Perth metropolitan hospital group standardized changes to nasogastric tube placement, including removal of the "whoosh test" and litmus paper and introduction of pH testing. DESIGN AND METHODS: Two audits were conducted: bedside data collection at a pediatric hospital and a point-prevalence audit across seven hospitals. RESULTS: Aspirate was obtained for 97% of all tests and pH was < or = 5.5 for 84%, validating the practice changes. However, patients on continuous feeds and/or receiving acid-inhibiting medications had multiple pH testing fails. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Nasogastric tube placement continues to present a challenge for those high-risk patients on continuous feeds and/or receiving acid-inhibiting medications.
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