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DEVICE FOR FIXING A NASOGASTRIC TUBE

enteral nutritionintensive carenasogastric tubeOncologiaoral cavity oncology

Introduction

Enteral nutrition is conducted, in most cases, through the use of a nasogastric tube which is then fixed and held in place by means of sutures carried out at the level of the nasal septum or the columella, or by placing adhesive devices. Displacements o the nasogastric tube from its site is a frequent occurrence. The object of the present invention is to solve the problems left unsolved by the usual fixation techniques, providing a device for reliable fixing, not onerous for the patient and at a reduced cost.

 

Technical features

It is a ring shaped device made of a flexible ring in plastic material (silicone, rubber, etc.) combined with a needle-like component which, with a principle similar to that used for nasal piercings, is fixed at the level of the columella / septum nasal through a device similar to the gun used precisely for nasal piercings, an elastic tape element is then fixed to the ring and it will be wrapped around the nasogastric tube holding it in place.

The use of rubbery and/or elastic materials makes it possible to obtain a highly flexible ring capable of cushioning the small movements of the nasogastric probe. Hypoallergenic and dermo-compatible materials can be used as constituent materials.

Possible Applications

  • Hospitals;
  • Healthcare settings;
  • Ambulances.

Advantages

  • Good retention of the tube;
  • Fast and easy to apply of;
  • Easy and non-invasive maintenance;
  • Good patient compliance;
  • Durable components;
  • Simple components and construction process.