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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-70

A new technique to insert nasogastric tube in an unconscious intubated patient

Department of Critical Care Medicine, SGPGIMS, Rai Bareilly Road, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Tanmoy Ghatak
Rammohan Pally, Arambagh Hooghly, West Bengal - 712 601
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.106215

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Background: Insertion of a nasogastric tube in an unconscious intubated patient may be difficult as they cannot follow the swallowing instructions, and therefore has a high first attempt failure rate. Aim and Methods: We describe here a new technique to insert nasogastric tube in an unconscious intubated patient by neck flexion and using angiography catheter as a stylet and manipulating the cricoid ring of trachea for easy passage of nasogastric tube. Results and Conclusions: The technique is easy and helpful for nasogastric insertion in unconscious intubated patients. Additionally, it neither alters vital responses nor increases intracranial pressure like with laryngoscopy.

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