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News and updates from
  1. Andrew Wilcock1 and
  2. Sarah Charlesworth2
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2., Hayward House Study Centre, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Andrew Wilcock, Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Hayward House Study Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, NG5 1PB, UK; andrew.wilcock{at}

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Safety updates

NG tube placement checks reminder

An alert has been issued by National Health Service (NHS) England (NHS/PSA/W/2013/001) reminding health professionals that checks to confirm correct nasogastric (NG) tube placement, that is, pH or X-ray testing after initial insertion, should be followed for all NG tubes including those with placement devices. This follows two fatal incidents where enteral nutrition was unintentionally given into the respiratory tract through a misplaced NG tube inserted with the aid of a placement device. Full details of the checks required are found in the original National Patient Safety Alert, Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric tubes …

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