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Gastric Tube Sizes


Karen

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I am in the process of updating our present policy on orogastric and nasogastric tube feeding and am looking at the size of tube in relation to the size of the infant. A few different opinions I have come across are that infants under 800, 1000 or 1200 grams should use a size 5Fr and over 800, 1000, or 1200 grams should use a 6Fr., however, I cannot find any research to justify if any of these weights are correct. What standards does your unit use and do you have research to justify your reasoning?

Thank you.

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