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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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BARRIONUEVO, Lucila; EULMESEKIAN, Pablo; PEREZ, Augusto  and  MINCES, Pablo. Transpyloric feeding tube placement by gastric air insufflation technique in pediatric intensive care patients. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2009, vol.107, n.6, pp.547-550. ISSN 0325-0075.

Introduction. The aim of the study was to evaluate the success rate of transpyloric tube (TPT) placement using air gastric insufflation technique in patients hospitalized in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Population, materials and methods. The data were collected retrospectively from a prospective filled database. TPT positioning was defined as successful by evaluation of its distal end in the abdominal X-ray. Demographic information, success rate, duration of the procedure were registered. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the data. Results. There were 37 procedures in 33 patients and 84% of them were on mechanical ventilation. The percentage of success in TPT placement was 89% (33/37) and the mean duration of the procedure was 12.8 min ± 5.3. No complications were registered. Conclusion. TPT placement through the insufflation of air in the stomach is a short, simple, effective, and well tolerated procedure that can be done at bedside.

Keywords : Enteral nutrition; Transpyloric feeding tubes; Insufflation air technique; Transpyloric nutrition; Pediatric intensive care.

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