Nasoenteric tube complications
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
The use of nasoenteric tubes (NETs) is ubiquitous, and clinicians often take their placement, function, and maintenance for granted. NETs are used for gastrointestinal decompression, enteral feeding, medication administration, naso-biliary drainage, and specialized indications such as upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Morbidity associated with NETs is common, but frequently subtle, mandating high index of suspicion, clinical vigilance, and patient safety protocols. Common complications include sinusitis, sore throat and epistaxis. More serious complications include luminal perforation, pulmonary injury, aspiration, and intracranial placement. Frequent monitoring and continual re-review of the indications for continued use of any NET is prudent, including consideration of changing goals of care. This manuscript reviews NET-related complications and associated topics.
Prabhakaran, S.; Doraiswamy, V. A.; Nagaraja, V.; Cipolla, J.; Ofurum, U.; Evans, D. C.; Lindsey, D. E.; Seamon, M. J.; Kavuturu, S.; Gerlach, A. T.; Jaik, N. P.; Eiferman, D. S.; Papadimos, T. J.; Adolph, M. D.; Cook, C. H.; and Stawicki, S. P.A., "Nasoenteric tube complications" (2012). Department of Surgery @SLUHN Articles & Publications. 178.