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Algorithm of Burns et al for Monitoring Carbon Dioxide Measurements During Feeding Tube Placement

Specialty:

Nutrition
Gastroenterology
Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Accidental insertion of a feeding tube into the lungs can have serious consequences once instillation of the feeding mixture has begun. Attaching the tube to a capnography unit allows monitoring of carbon dioxide levels during the tube insertion. This can help prevent improper tube insertion, especially when the patient is unconscious or has a depressed cough reflex. The technique is rapid, low cost and noninvasive.

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