Using pH to confirm NG/OG tube placement is Evidenced Based Best Practice
Immediate confirmation of gastric acidity for NG/OG tube placement, without exposure to x-ray.
2005 and 2010, 45% of all cases of harm caused by a misplaced NGT reported by the United Kingdom’s National Patient Safety Agency were due to misinterpreted X-rays.
- No radiation exposure
- Possible delays reading x-ray can compromise care in already critically ill patients, e.g. suction tubes accidentally placed against
- Lungs tissue can cause a pneumothorax
- Esophageal tissue can perforate
- Post-pyloric can perforate
- If your hospital is reimbursed for bedside glucose testing, reimbursement may also be available for RightSpotpH® indicators with CPT Code 83986QW.
We invite you to read the growing body of evidence that supports using pH to confirm gastric tube placement.