Our hospital is currently reviewing our policy on the insertion of Dobhoff tubes (small-bore NG tubes used for feeding/meds) and I thought I would go to the best possible source for input.
At our community hospital, RNs on all units insert them and verify placement via stat KUB. However, in our review we have found that many local hospitals have changed to physician (usually resident) or advance practice nurse insertion only.
How does it go at your hospital? Who inserts dobhoff tubes? If RN, is that true of ICU RNs only or on all units (if you know)?
Thanks so much for your feedback!
Could you also tell me the name of your hospital? The info will only be used to make our case to our administrators and for our information. Feel free to send a private message if you are more comfortable.
Apr 29, '13
I work in an LTAC, and they also recently changed policies that only an MD can insert DH tubes. No reason was given for the change, and it came a surprise to us on the floor. I'll message you the name as they have a strict "no talky on the interwebs" philosophy
Last edit by CharleeFoxtrot on Apr 29, '13
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