Bedside placement of pH-guided transpyloric small bowel feeding tubes in critically ill infants and small children

Robert J. Dimand, Gigi Veereman-Wauters, Dana A.V. Braner

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Abstract

Background and Methods: The small bowel of critically ill infants and small children was cannulated using a soft feeding tube with a pH sensor at the distal tip. By monitoring pH, the tubes were guided through the stomach into the small bowel. Results: Successful placements were performed in 36 of 37 (97%) attempts in 29 critically ill patients whose age was 7.9 ± 6.3 months and weight was 5.9 ± 2.6 kg. Continuous jejunal feedings were administered for 3.7 ± 3.1 weeks without difficulties or complications in all but one patient. Conclusion: pH-guided jejunal tube placement provides a safe, easy bedside alternative to fluoroscopic, endoscopic or surgical placement in critically ill infants and small children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-114
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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