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A novel method to assist gastric tube insertion: a case series
  1. Martyn Harvey1,
  2. Grant Cave2,3,4
  1. 1Emergency Department, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand
  2. 2Hutt Hospital, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  3. 3University of Otago, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand
  4. 4Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Martyn Harvey, Director Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Waikato Hospital, Pembroke Street, Hamilton 2001, New Zealand; harveym{at}


Gastric tube insertion in the intubated patient can prove both difficult and frustrating. A simple modification to the standard gastric tube and corresponding technique of insertion is described which enables directional manoeuvring of the tube tip. Experience with the technique is described in a case series of 10 patients.

  • Gastric
  • tube
  • insertion
  • technique
  • anaesthesia, rsi

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the New Zealand Health and Disability ethics committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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