Methods to confirm feeding tube placement: application of research in practice

Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Jan-Feb;30(1):10-3.


Numerous published studies have demonstrated that conventional methods for documenting proper position of orally or nasally placed feeding tubes in adults are inaccurate. The few available studies done in children indicate similar inadequacies. Auscultation after insufflation of air over the stomach and other less common practices used to verify proper tube position have been shown to be ineffective in predicting correct tube position. Checking pH of aspirate has be recommended as a better method to confirm feeding tube position at the bedside. Careful review of the literature and appropriate application of research findings can lead to change in time-honored nursing practices. Although change is often difficult, a coordinated effort by nurses across organizational lines may facilitate the process.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Enteral Nutrition*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / methods*
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / nursing*