Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Nasoesophageal intubation

Contributor(s): Ed Hall, Kenneth Simpson

Introduction

  • To insert a catheter via the nasal passages into gastrointestinal tract to provide a route for direct feeding/fluid administration.

Uses

  • Administration of
    • Nutrition to debilitated patient.
    • Nutrition while avoiding oral cavity.
    • Drugs or radiographic contrast agents avoiding oral route.

Advantages

  • Simple procedure.
  • Flexible but secure route of administration.
  • Usually well-tolerated by patient.
  • Equipment readily available in practice.

Disadvantages

  • Animal may dislodge tube if not securely fixed.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Simpson K W & Elwood C M (1994) Techniques for Enteral Nutritional Support. In: The Waltham Book of Clinical Nutrition of the Dog and Cat. Elsevier. pp 63-74.


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