General Surgery: Nasogastric Tubes

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General surgeon, Dr. Colin Bohannan, and I discuss topics related to nasogastric tubes (NGT): small bowels obstructions (SBO), Salem Sumps, why NGTs are crucial for healing, as well as some tips and tricks to keep NGTs working.

To illustrate the air flushing technique described by Dr. Bohannon, I found a wonderful nursing study in BMC Nursing that advocates for this method.

Bani Hani, M., Ihim, I., Harps, J. et al. A breath of fresh air: a quality-improvement study comparing an air-circulating technique versus conventional technique to prevent nasogastric tube dysfunction. BMC Nurs 14, 63 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-015-0111-9

Find the full article here.

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