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National Nurses Nutrition Group. NNNG nasogastric tube guidance 2023. 2023. https//nnng.org.uk (accessed 8 April 2024)

NHS England. Provisional publication of Never Events reported as occurring between 1 April and 31 March 2023. 2023. https//www.england.nhs.uk/publication/never-events-data/ (accessed 8 April 2024)

It's only a nasogastric tube, what could go wrong?

18 April 2024
Volume 33 · Issue 8

Welcome to the latest Nutrition Supplement. The updated National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) Nasogastric Tube Guidance (2023) was launched at the BAPEN annual conference in November, where the authors presented the main changes. The guidance can be downloaded from the NNNG website and is free to members.

Let's go over what we already know. The whoosh test or bubble test should NEVER be used to check position. We all know that one practitioner who listens for the whoosh ‘just to see’. This does not reflect evidence-based care and keeps the embers burning of poor practice; inadvertently these actions can and do influence others. It is imperative that we provide evidence-based care to our patients, and act as a role model to our colleagues.

What we already know:

The following information forms the main updates in the latest NNNG guidance:

We must not lose momentum for trying to reduce the number of Never Events, reduce risks and protect our patients.

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