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Effectiveness of an Electromagnetic Feeding Tube Placement Device in Detecting Inadvertent Respiratory Placement

Author(s): Norma A. Metheny, RN, PhD, and Kathleen L. Meert

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2018

Topics: Gastrointestinal

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Use of technology capable of electromagnetically tracking advancement of a feeding tube on a monitoring screen during insertion may enable detection of deviation of the tube from the midline as it advances through the chest, possibly indicating entry of the tube into the right or left main bronchus.


  • Describe the benefits of using an electromagnetic tube placement (ETP) device for insertion of small-bore feeding tubes.
  • Evaluate outcomes of peer-reviewed studies that address malposition of tubes inserted with an ETP device.
  • Compare and contrast published studies and events reported to MAUDE 2007 through 2012 on use of ETP devices.

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