Data Snapshot: Nasogastric Tube Misplacements




patient safety, enteral feeding tubes, nasogastric tubes, pneumothorax


Nasogastric and orogastric tubes, herein collectively referred to as nasogastric tubes (NGT), are inserted into a patient’s nasal or oral cavity to administer feedings or medications or remove stomach contents.1 Tube misplacement is a known complication that can occur during insertion.2,3 This NGT misplacement data snapshot provides updated information.

Author Biographies

Lea Anne Gardner, PhD, RN, Patient Safety Authority

Lea Anne Gardner ( is a patient safety analyst with the Patient Safety Authority. She has more than 30 years of research experience in patient safety, performance improvement, cardiology, and behavioral health, and a diversified work experience, including roles as a national director of quality improvement, administrative director of population health and an institutional review board, a coronary intensive care nurse, a clinical research nurse, and a nurse research/leadership preceptor. Gardner is also a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).

Susan Wallace, MPH, Patient Safety Authority

Susan Wallace is a senior patient safety liaison with the Patient Safety Authority (PSA) and a core team lead for the PSA’s Center of Excellence for Improving Diagnosis. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), and a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).


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Nasogastric tube inserted on an X-ray



How to Cite

Gardner, L. A., & Wallace, S. (2021). Data Snapshot: Nasogastric Tube Misplacements. Patient Safety, 3(1), 79–83.



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