Securing medical devices Part B : what’s available for nasogastric tubes?

Coyer, Fiona, Cook, Jane-Louise, & Gracie, Christopher (2013) Securing medical devices Part B : what’s available for nasogastric tubes? Critical Times, 16(4), pp. 16-19.

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This article is the second part of a two-part series examining securement options for commonly used therapeutic devices in the adult intensive care unit. Part A focused on endotracheal device securement.1 This article addresses nasogastric tube (NGT) securement options and with the aim of identifying the available range of NGT securement devices in Australia as a resource for clinicians seeking to explore options for tube stabilisation.

Nasogastric feeding or gastric decompression tubes are commonly inserted via the nostril/nares. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) 2011 position statement on mucosal pressure injuries, highlighted that mucosal tissues are vulnerable to pressure from devices.2 Securing of these devices sometimes leads to pressure-related injury to the internal mucosa due to difficulty visualising the mucosa and failure to reposition the nasogastric tube to relieve the pressure in a particular area.3 The nasal orifice is much smaller than the oral cavity and regular tube position changes are vital to minimise the risk of mucosal damage and ulcer development.

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ID Code: 71895
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: medical devices, critical care, securement, nasogastric tubes
ISSN: 1445-6753
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) Ltd.
Deposited On: 21 May 2014 23:18
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 06:20

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