NHS England Issue a Patient Safety Alert for Nasogastric Feeding Tubes!

By on December 5th, 2013

A patient safety alert has been issued today (5 December 2013) by NHS England on the use of placement devices for inserting nasogastric tubes. This alert has been issued via the Central Alerting System (CAS) to ensure all hospitals and community services that use nasogastric tubes continue to follow previous guidance issued by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), even when placement devices are used.

The previous NPSA patient safety alert Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric tubes in adults, children and infants (2011) stated that a pH of 1 to 5.5 or an x-ray are the only acceptable methods for confirming initial placement of a nasogastric tube.

For more information go to NHS England at http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/12/05/psa-ng-tube/

NPSA Alert 2013