Insertion and postinsertion care of enteral nasogastric feeding tubes are common procedures in the United States, with more than 1.2 million temporary nasogastric feeding tubes inserted annually. Although there are some evidence-based practice guidelines and recommendations for care of these tubes, variation in practice still exists. Additional research is needed to determine the best methodology for insertion and confirmation of nasogastric feeding tubes. Routine competency and training on feeding tube insertion, enteral nutrition, and postinsertion care is crucial to prevent patient safety events. Variable results have been reported with different technologies; however, radiographic confirmation remains the criterion standard. It is important that health care institutions develop standardized procedures for insertion and confirmation on the basis of evidence-based practices to minimize risks and complications from temporary nasogastric feeding tubes.

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