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FDA Warns Of Adverse Events, Deaths From High-Tech Nasogastric Feeding Tubes

(January 12, 2018, 1:56 PM EST) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 11 warned that improper placement of technology enabled nasogastric feeding has led to pneumothorax adverse events that include cardiac arrest and at least 16 patient deaths.

At issue are enteral access system (EAS) nasogastric feeding tubes that transmit real-time positional information during insertion.

Nasogastric tubes about a yard long are inserted in a nostril and threaded down to a patient’s stomach to deliver liquefied food directly to the stomach.  They can be used on patients...
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