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Pneumonia Risk May Increase After Malpositioned Feeding Tube – Tuesday Tube Facts

Pneumonia Risk May Increase After Malpositioned Feeding Tube – Tuesday Tube Facts

There may be a greater risk of pneumonia following a malpositioned feeding tube.*

In one study of patients who experienced a malpositioned feeding tube, 40% developed pneumonia at the former site of the malpositioned tube.*

* Giantsou, E.; Gunning, K. J. Blindly inserted nasogastric feeding tubes and thoracic complications in intensive care. Health, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. 2010. 2(10): 1135-1141.
Most NG Tube Misplacements Occurred in Older Adults – Tuesday Tube Facts

Most NG Tube Misplacements Occurred in Older Adults – Tuesday Tube Facts

Nearly 68% of malpositioned nasogastric feeding tubes occurred in adults between 60 and 89 years old.*

These events took place in Pennsylvania between 2011 and 2016. About half of the misplacements were discovered with a chest x-ray.*

* Wallace SC. Data Snapshot: Complications Linked to Iatrogenic Enteral Feeding Tube Misplacements. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory, 2017; 14:1-60.