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Practical skills

How to insert a nasogastric tube and ensure safe positioning

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Duration: 01 hr
  • Level: Qualified nurses, Students
  • Last updated: 2020

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.

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

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


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