Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

17A Nasogastric (NG) Tube Placement and Verification

The Nasogastric (NG) Tube Placement and Verification APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to misplaced NG tubes. Actionable steps to improve NG tube placement rates and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow from insertion to verification to removal
  • Knowledge base on latest evidence-based nasogastric tube placement methods
  • How to educate patients and family members about nasogastric tube placement
  • Nasogastric tube placement and verification resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve nasogastric tube placement and verification and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

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