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Acid, burns, and feeding tubes

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7362.496 (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:496

Patients should not be allowed to lie in their own vomit: gastric acid burns

  1. C M Danbury, consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine
  1. Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN
  2. BMJ

    E—I dispute the recommendation of Lapsia and Maguire in Minerva that “patients fed via a nasogastric tube should take a gastric protecting agent” on the basis of their finding of chemical burns in a patient who vomited after nasogastric feeding on a neurological ward.1


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    Anyone without achlorhydria secretes hydrogen ions from gastric mucosa whether fed …

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