Complications Of Gastrointestinal Devices

Edmond A. Hooker

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The gastrointestinal (GI) device that is most commonly used by emergency physicians is the nasogastric (NG) tube. Other GI devices encountered in the emergency department (ED) include large-bore orogastric tubes, small-bore nasointestinal ("feeding") tubes, and transabdominal feeding tubes (gastrostomy, jejunostomy, and gastrojejunostomy tubes). Although complications from the use of these are rare, they must be anticipated and prevented if possible.

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