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NHS safety agency issues guidance on nasogastric tubes

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:438
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    New NHS safety advice has been issued on reducing the harm caused by nasogastric feeding tubes that have been wrongly inserted. The alert, from the National Patient Safety Agency, follows 11 deaths of patients in the past two years, including that of one child.

    A further 13 incidents have also been reported, one of which caused serious harm to the patient. The agency said this week that it was concerned that unreliable tests were being used by health professionals and carers to check whether a tube had been …

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