How to insert a nasogastric tube and ensure safe positioning

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2019.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Registered nurses, Nursing students


Carolyn Best, Nutrition nurse specialist, nutrition and dietetic department, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Winchester, England.

Short description

Update your knowledge and skills in how to insert a nasogastric tube and check gastric position at the bedside.

Detailed description

This practical learning module explores how to insert a nasogastric (NG) tube using a blind technique and to check gastric position at the bedside. The ‘never event’ of tube misplacement and its subsequent use to administer feed, medication or fluid is also discussed.


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