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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 550-553

Nasogastric tube insertion in anesthetized intubated patients undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomies: A comparative study of three techniques

Department of Anaesthesiology, KVG Medical College, Sullia, Karnataka, India

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B S. Vijay Siddhartha
No 90, Anikethana Road, Kuvempunagar I Block, Mysore - 570 023, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aer.AER_41_17

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Background: Insertion of a nasogastric tube (NGT) in an anesthetized, comatose intubated patient is not always as easy as in a conscious, cooperative patient. Various techniques have been tried with varying success. The aim of this randomized study was to compare and evaluate the two techniques of NGT insertion with the conventional technique of insertion with respect to success rate, time taken for insertion and adverse effects. Materials and Methods: Patients admitted for laparoscopic hysterectomy were chosen and then were divided into three equal groups of forty each, by randomized technique. Group C included patients in whom conventional method was used to insert NGT. Group R where reverse Sellick's technique was used. Group F where neck flexion with lateral pressure was used. Results: Both the techniques were better than the conventional method. Among both the techniques, reverse Sellick's technique was the best method but not without adverse effects. The required insertion time was very less and success in the first attempt was more in the group where reverse Sellick's was used. Conclusion: Modified techniques of NGT insertion were better than the conventional method. Further studies after eliminating major limitations are required to really find a superior technique.

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