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New guidelines and technology needed for placement of feeding tubes in pediatric patients

from Science Codex

Universal guidelines and improvements in technology are needed to reduce injuries and deaths from improper placement of nasogastric feeding tubes in pediatric patients, according to a comprehensive review of published literature. The review, conducted by the New Opportunities for Verification of Enteral Tube Location Work Group Project of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition found that while the bedside placement of a nasogastric feeding tube is a common procedure conducted by nurses, incorrect placement can have serious and potentially fatal consequences. more

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