Nasogastric/Orogastric Tube (NG Tube/OG Tube)


Administration of Medications/Oral Contrast/Enteral Nutrition (see Enteral Nutrition)

Clinical Utility

Diagnosis of Upper Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (see Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage)

General Comments

Clinical Efficacy

Gastric Lavage

General Comments

Clinical Utility

Post-Abdominal/Gastrointestinal Surgery

General Comments

Clinical Efficacy

Treatment of Bowel Obstruction

General Comments

Types of Bowel Obstruction

Treatment of Ileus (see Ileus)

General Comments



Insertion Sites of Tubes

Clinical Efficacy

Types of Tubes

Insertion Technique

Verification of Placement

Methods to Verify Nasogastric/Orogastric Tube Placement

Tube Fixation

Adverse Effects/Complications

Dermatologic Adverse Effects/Complications

Pressure Ulcer/Necrosis at Site of Tube Entry

Gastrointestinal Adverse Effects/Complications

General Comments

Esophageal Perforation (see Esophageal Perforation)

Esophageal Stricture (see Esophageal Stricture)

Esophagitis (see Esophagitis)

Gastric Perforation (see Gastric Perforation)

Gastritis (see Gastritis)

Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (see Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage)

Intestinal Perforation (see Intestinal Perforation)

Mechanical Complications (Including Tube Breakage, Tube Rupture, Tube Obstruction, Tube Malpositioning, Tube Coiling, and Tube Knotting)

Infectious Adverse Effects

Risk of Moraxella Catarrhalis Bacteremia (in Children)

Neurologic Adverse Effects/Complications

Inadvertent Placement of Nasogastric/Orogastric Tube into the Brain

Otolaryngologic Adverse Effects/Complications

Epistaxis (see Epistaxis)

Nasogastric Tube Syndrome (Sofferman Nasogastric Tube Syndrome)

Oropharyngeal Discomfort

Sinusitis (see Acute Rhinosinusitis)

Pulmonary Adverse Effects/Complications

General Comments

Aspiration Pneumonia (see Aspiration Pneumonia)

Inadvertent Placement of Nasogastric/Orogastric Tube into the Tracheobronchial Tree

Inadvertent Placement of Nasogastric Tube into the Pleural Space

Obstruction of Nasal Breathing

Respiratory Failure (During or After Placement)

Vascular Adverse Effects/Complications

Vascular Penetration