NOVEL Project Releases Education Videos on Best Practices for Placement and Verification of NG Tubes in Pediatric Patients

SILVER SPRING, MD, April 16, 2018 – ASPEN , the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition , just released two educational videos highlighting best practices for inserting and verifying the placement of nasogastric (NG) tubes in pediatric patients. ASPEN encourages the healthcare community to use the videos for training clinicians and caregivers who care for pediatric patients.

NG tube misplacement can cause serious harm and/or death to patients. X-rays can be used to verify proper tube placement, but with pediatric patients, NG tubes can be removed several times a day. The use of x-rays to verify every tube placement can overexpose these patients to radiation.

“Through the NOVEL project, we have been able to determine the best practice for NG tube insertion and placement verification for pediatric patients without the use of x-rays,” said Beth Lyman, MSN, RN, CNSC, Children’s Mercy Kansas City and NOVEL Project Chair. “And thanks to a generous grant from Cardinal Health, we were able to create these two videos—one for healthcare professionals, another for caregivers—and share them with the healthcare community. The video for professionals includes a follow-up survey that asks if practitioners would change their practice after watching it.”

The videos and other NOVEL resources are available on the ASPEN website at www.nutritioncare.org/NOVEL/.

About NOVEL Project

ASPEN launched the NOVEL (New Opportunities for Verification of Enteral Tube Location) Project in 2012. Its mission is to work with others to develop or adapt existing technologies to allow for non-radiologic verification of feeding tube placement, to discern best practices for nasogastric feeding tube verification and disseminate the information. For more information, please visit www.nutritioncare.org/NOVEL/ .

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