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A recent survey, conducted by Cnicus LLC, of USA nursing professionals indicate:

Nursing professionals’ agree, there has to be a better method for consistent feeding tube placement. The Buddy beams new light on old feeding tube placement methods and practices.

1.100% of the nurses answered yes we need for a more consistent method of accurately locating the distal end of a feeding tube at all times during treatment.

2. 85% were ready to trial a non-radiographic medical device that locates the end of a feeding tube.

3. 100% of the nurses inserted feeding tubes in the hospital setting.

4. 85% of the nurses stated they cared for a patient who experienced complications due to an improperly placed feeding tube.

5. Of the complications surveyed related to mal-positioned feeding tubes the nurses were most familiar with:

• Pneumonia, Aspiration, Peritonitis 100%

• Pneumothorax, Brain Placement 87.5%

• Bowel Perforation 85.7%

• Death 71.5%

6. The methods most frequently used to confirm the placement of gastric feeding tubes:

• 75% used Air-insufflation and X-ray in Neonatal and Pediatric patients

• 71% used Air-insufflation and X-ray in Adult patients

• 50% used gastric aspirate analysis in Neonatal/Pediatric/Adult patients

• 14-20% used gastric pH in Neonatal/Pediatric/Adult patients

7. 66% of the nurses responded that consistency of care between hospitals and home care was lacking and safer confirmation methods were needed in the home care settings when using temporary feeding tubes.


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