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Elimination of Radiographic Confirmation For Small-Bowel Feeding Tubes in Critical Care

Author(s): 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

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2017

Topics: Gastrointestinal

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

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.


  • 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.

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