Caring for the patient with a nasogastric tube
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Caring for the patient with a nasogastric tube

Carolyn Best Nutrition nurse specialist, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, Hampshire

A nasogastric tube enables a nutritionally adequate diet to be delivered directly to the stomach bypassing the oral route. It is the most common route for enteral feeding and nurses play a central role in caring for patients with a nasogastric tube. This article outlines the care required for an adult patient with a fine bore nasogastric tube.

Correspondence carolyn.best@weht.swest.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 20, 3,59-65. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.09.20.3.59.c3967

Published in print: 28 September 2005

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