Should gastric aspirate be discarded or retained when gastric residual volume is removed from gastric tubes?
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Summary: Nursing care of patients with enteral feeding tubes is common in the intensive care unit but the evidence that surrounds the practice is limited. Recent research by Juve-Udina and colleagues (2010) "To return or to discard? Randomised trial on gastric residual volume management" compares two methods of managing gastric residual volume. This critique provides a brief summary of their research and critically appraises the paper. The implications for nursing practice are discussed.
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