Elimination of Radiographic Confirmation For Small-Bowel Feeding Tubes in Critical Care
Jan Powers, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, Mary H. Fischer, RN, MSN,CCRN, PCCN, CHFN, ACNS, Mary Ziemba-Davis, BA, Jamie Brown, RN, MSN, CCRN, and Donna M. Phillips, RN, BSN, CCRN, CNRN, CNML
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Describe the indications for using small-bowel feeding tubes for nutritional support.
  • Identify the benefits of using a bedside electromagnetic placement device for small-bowel feeding tube placement.
  • Discuss the verification methods for small-bowel feeding tube placement.

Continuing Education Information

CE ID: A132263
Total Contact Hours: 1.00
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 11/1/2017


A variety of techniques are used for placement of small-bowel feeding tubes. Standard practice at the study institution is for postpyloric placement using an electromagnetically guided placement device (EMPD). EMPD placement is performed by bedside nurses trained in the placement technique and may reduce radiograph exposures and time to initiation of enteral nutrition.

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