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Should ultrasound be routinely used to confirm correct positioning of nasogastric tubes in neonates?
  1. S Tamhne1,
  2. D Tuthill1,
  3. A Evans2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  2. 2Department pf Radiology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Tamhne
    Dr Tuthill, Department of Paediatrics, Children’s Hospital for Wales, Penlan Road, Penarth, Cardiff CF64 2XX, Wales, UK; davidtuthill{at}; Sarang.tamhne{at}

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The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has recently recommended the use of pH specific paper to test gastric aspirates instead of the traditional litmus paper in order to reduce harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes.1

Eleven deaths and one case of serious harm over a two year period have been recorded. The evidence base is predominantly from adult studies, which show that the conventional methods including litmus paper and auscultation to check the placement of oro/nasogastric tubes can …

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