Nasogastric Tube (NGT) Insertion

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What you'll learn

Gastric intubation through the nose is one of the most common procedures in intensive care units and emergency departments, which helps in gaining access to the stomach for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It can be uncomfortable for the patient if the procedure is not carried out correctly. It is generally placed in patients with gastric immobility and bowel obstruction.


It can also help in gastric lavage during drug overdose cases or poisoning cases. They help in preventing vomiting and aspiration for patients whose Gastrointestinal system is not under control. They are generally contraindicated in severe facial trauma cases. Insertion of a nasogastric tube requires excellence and skills with practical applications in emergency conditions.

The specialist or a health care professional should have that expertise to insert a nasogastric tube and prevent any complications promptly. The potential for contact with the patient’s blood and body fluids with the nasogastric tube is common when an inexperienced operator is using it. It may lead to the transfer of infections to the operator or the surrounding environment.

Therefore, prior or complete knowledge on nasogastric intubation, indications, contraindications, precautions should be essential for a health care professional to insert without causing complications in the patient.

This module teaches you how to prepare for and perform the insertion of an NGT safely. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator enables you to practice and test your ability to perform the procedure, with cross-sectional animations to enable understanding.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • Life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Pre-procedural considerations, preparation for nasogastric tube insertion
  • Understand how to assess the patient’s nasal passages to identify the appropriate location for tube insertion
  • How to measure and determine the appropriate length of the tube to be inserted
  • How to identify the proper technique for tube insertion into the stomach
  • Post-procedural considerations

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