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Nasogastric Tubes




  • Outlines indications and contraindications for using nasogastric tubes
  • Includes relevant case studies
  • Refers to a number of potential complications associated with nasogastric tube feeding
  • Includes a tabulated summary of the characteristics of nasogastric tubes
  • Guides on how to use a nasogastric tube; how to prepare a tube for insertion, how to secure a tube and how to check the position of the tube
  • Includes an example of a care plan for managing nasogastric tubes

Although nasogastric tube feeding is not as common as gastrostomy tube feeding, the care of people who require nasogastric feeding is just as specialised. This chapter presents an overview of the indications for using nasogastric tubes and the care of a person with a nasogastric tube. This chapter also highlights the special issues to be considered when tube feeding is provided through a nasogastric tube.


Contents include

  • Indications
    • Short-term tube feeding
    • Longer-term tube feeding
    • Trials of tube feeding
  • Contraindications
  • Complications
    • Aspiration pneumonia
    • Discomfort
    • Displacement of the tube
    • Altered body image
  • Types of nasogastric tubes
    • Fine-bore tubes
    • Ryle's tubes
  • Choice of tube type
  • Inserting a nasogastric tube
    • Policies and guidelines
    • Preparation for tube insertion
    • The procedure
  • Securing a nasogastric tube
  • Checking the position of a nasogastric tube
    • X-rays
    • Auscultation
    • Colour and pH of the aspirant
  • Care plan
  • Case study
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Catherine Barrett is a registered nurse with particular expertise in the care of people with gastrostomy tubes. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing science and certificates in gerontic nursing, advanced management, sexual and reproductive health, and assessment and workplace training. Catherine has been working in aged care since 1982 as a nurse unit manager, an external assessor for the Standards and Accreditation Agency, a veterans' project officer, and a consultant nurse for the National Ageing Research Institute (Australia). Catherine's doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne ...
Susan Camilleri is a registered nurse who holds a bachelor's degree in health science, a diploma of health science, a graduate diploma in gerontological nursing and a certificate in workplace leadership. Susan has worked in aged care for the past 17 years, and was an associate nurse unit manager in a complex residential care unit. Her passions include the effect of culture on care, and quality outcomes for patients. Susan currently works on a surgical unit at Northern Hospital (Melbourne, Australia).

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