Establish the reason for inserting the nasogastric tube and document this in the healthcare record. Check that there are no contra-indications to passing a nasogastric tube, such as anatomical deformity, trauma, recent oral, nasal or oesophageal surgery, or severe gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
Nasogastric tubes may be inserted by:
A registered health care practitioner (HCP) who has undergone appropriate training and is deemed competent in the skill. A HCP in training who is fully supervised by a competent professional. A health care assistant who has undergone appropriate training and is deemed competent in the skill, under supervision by a registered, competent HCP. Mature patients and/or parents/carers who have been trained in the skill and are deemed competent.