Placement of nasogastric (NG) tubes, also known as “feeding tubes,” in pediatric patients is common practice. However, the insertion procedure carries risk of serious or even potentially lethal complications. While there are numerous methods of verifying whether an NG tube was placed correctly, none of those methods are considered universally standard.
Based on the available evidence and endorsed by the American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN, Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health at Penn Nursing, issued best practice recommendations in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice.