NG Feed Awareness

Nasogastric (NG) feed awareness trains and readies caregivers to provide patients who need tube feedings with the care they need. When oral feeding is not possible, an NG tube is placed through the nose and down to the stomach to provide liquid sustenance.

Gain the required skills

Healthcare workers and caregivers can get the necessary knowledge and practical skills for Nasogastric (NG) tube feeding via the NG Tube Awareness Training course. For caregivers to securely handle NG equipment, prepare feeds, verify placement, keep an eye on patients, and promote overall welfare, they must receive the necessary training.

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We can deliver this NG Feed Awareness training at your premises, as long as it’s within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in UK if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). In addition, we can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practicals.

This training will last 4-6 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction and engagement and reduced delegate numbers. If a course finishes earlier than the allotted time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met.
In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency – be very wary of anyone claiming they can. Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency. We will be sure to provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency proformas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.
One of our expert clinical tutors. These are either Nurses or Doctors with abundant clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.
We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available. The training will be relevant and transferable. However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided. Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.

Nasogastric NG Feed Awareness

This training equips caregivers with the information and abilities necessary to safely and successfully care for patients who need to be fed via a nasogastric (NG) tube. An education program on nasogastric (NG) feed awareness equips caregivers to provide patients who need tube feeding with the necessary care.

When oral feeding is not possible, an NG tube is placed through the nose and down to the stomach to provide liquid sustenance.

For caregivers to securely handle NG equipment, prepare feeds, verify placement, keep an eye on patients, and promote overall welfare, they must receive the necessary training. By gaining knowledge, they can guarantee that patients using NG tubes receive healthy food, enough of water, and kind treatment.

  • Course Duration: 4- 6 hours
  • Course Level: Level 3
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes
  • Mode: Face to Face

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NG Feed Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding NG Tube Feeding

Nasogastric (NG) tubes and other feeding tubes are defined in Module 1, which establishes the groundwork. We’ll explore the various reasons why people might need to be fed by an NG tube, giving you a thorough grasp of this vital component of patient care.

  • Define NG Feeding.
  • List the reasons for inserting an NG tube.
  • Describe the differences between ,JEJE, RIG, and NG tubes, highlighting their impact on care.
  • Label the relevant Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) involved.

Module 2: Complications and Action

examines the possible drawbacks of using an NG tube for feeding. Discover how to recognize these issues and, more importantly, what steps to take in case of an emergency. Our priorities are proactive responsiveness and safety.

  • Identify potential complications and learn how to report them.
  • State the actions within their scope of practice and understand the reporting process within the workplace.
  • Discuss the importance of accurately checking pH levels.

Module 3: Feed Products and Hydration

We explore the range of feed options that can be used with NG tube feeding. This session covers critical abilities that are necessary to provide complete care for patients under your care, such as identifying dehydration and efficiently tracking weight fluctuations.

  • List the types of feed used in the workplace.
  • Define dehydration and understand how to prevent and recognise it.
  • Identify methods for observing weight loss and gain.

Module 4: Infection Prevention and Control

The crucial topic of infection prevention and control as it relates to NG feeding is covered in detail in Module 4. Patient safety and wellbeing depend on the understanding and application of workplace infection control strategies.

  • Summarise the importance of efficient infection prevention techniques for individuals, staff, NG tubes, and skin care.
  • Identify (PPE) within the workplace.
  • Describe the correct handwashing technique.

Module 5: Person-Centred Care

Person-centred care takes center stage in Module 5. Here, we emphasize the importance of tailoring care to the individual’s needs, preferences, and circumstances in the context of NG feeding.

Participants will focus on:

  • Mouthcare.
  • Documentation.
  • Individual needs.
  • Privacy and dignity.
  • Consent and the right to refuse.

Module 6: Medication and NG Feeding

Module 6 highlights the significance of regular medication reviews in NG tube feeding. Gain insights into forms of medications suitable for use with NG tubes, ensuring accurate and safe administration.

  • List the forms of medication most suited to NG tubes.
  • Explain the importance of medication reviews and ensuring the availability of accurate forms of medication suitable for NG tubes.

Module 7: Practical Skills

The final module, Module 7, focuses on practical skills. You will observe and demonstrate the administration of feeds using syringes and pumps, along with accurately checking pH levels in NG aspirates. Practical proficiency is key to providing quality care.

  • Correct use of the pump and syringe.
  • Administering medications correctly.
  • Accurately checking pH levels.

NG Feed Learning Outcome

With in-depth online modules, practical demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, this course delivers comprehensive NG feed management expertise enabling you to:

  • Confidently feed and hydrate patients according to care plans.
  • Properly prepare feeds and administer medications
  • Routinely check placement and patency
  • Monitor patients and identify issues early
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with nursing staff
  • Support patients physically and emotionally through NG routines

Course Duration:

This course is self-paced, allowing you to study at your own convenience. On average, it takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete.

Who Should Attend

  • Healthcare professionals (nurses, doctors, caregivers)
  • Healthcare students
  • Anyone interested in providing safe and effective NG tube feeding care

NG Feed Certification:

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certification in NG Tube Awareness, demonstrating your knowledge in this critical aspect of patient care.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Do you have to be trained to NG feed?

A1: Yes, proper training is essential for Nasogastric (NG) feeding. Healthcare professionals and caregivers should undergo specific training to ensure safe and effective NG feeding. This training covers insertion techniques, maintenance, monitoring, and addressing complications. It is crucial to be adequately trained to provide this level of care.

Q2: What’s the difference between NJ and NG tubes?

A2: The main difference between NJ (Nasojejunal) and NG (Nasogastric) tubes is their insertion site and intended purpose. NG tubes are inserted through the nose and into the stomach (gastric), primarily for feeding or drainage. NJ tubes, on the other hand, are inserted deeper into the small intestine (jejunum) and are often used for patients who cannot tolerate gastric feeding due to issues like reflux or aspiration.

Q3: How often do you need to check for NG tube placement?

A3: Depending on the patient’s condition and institutional policies, the frequency of verifying the installation of an NG tube may vary. In general, medical practitioners should evaluate the positioning of NG tubes before to each feeding or drug delivery. During use, it is imperative to continuously monitor for indications of displacement, such as coughing or pain. As part of routine care, regular reconfirmation of placement may also be necessary, usually using radiography or pH testing.

Q4: When should placement of a feeding tube be verified?

A4: Placement of a feeding tube, whether NG, NJ, or PEG, should be verified:

  • Prior to initial use.
  • Before each feeding or medication administration.
  • Whenever there is suspicion of tube displacement, dislodgement, or malposition.
  • After any interventions that might affect tube placement, such as vomiting or repositioning.

Q5: What are the responsibilities of a nurse in NG feeding?

A5: When it comes to NG (nasogastric) feeding, a nurse’s duties include placing the NG tube in the stomach safely, observing the patient’s condition, giving prescribed feeds and medications through the tube, and routinely checking for any issues or discomfort.

In addition, nurses troubleshoot any problems that may develop during feeding and instruct patients and caregivers on how to take care of NG tubes.

Q6: What is NGT training?

A6: Nasogastric tube training, or NGT training, is a course that instructs medical professionals—usually nurses and doctors—on how to properly insert, handle, and maintain nasogastric tubes.

It addresses the protocols, hygienic practices, patient education, and troubleshooting related to the implantation and use of NGTs.

Q7: Who can insert an NGT?

A7: The insertion of a nasogastric tube is a clinical procedure that needs to be carried out by qualified medical personnel. This includes medical professionals with the appropriate training and certification in NGT placement, such as nurses, doctors, and highly trained healthcare assistants.

For the sake of the patient’s comfort and safety, it is imperative that the procedure be performed by a qualified professional.

Q8: What specific skills will I gain from the NG Tube Feeding Training?

Teaching practical skills in nasogastric tube insertion, maintenance, feeding techniques, problem-solving, and patient safety is the main goal of the NG Tube Feeding Training. Through practical experience, participants will gain the confidence to safely administer enteral nourishment via NG tube feeding.

Q9: How does the NG Tube Feeding Training address the importance of Dignity in Patient Care?

Maintaining and enhancing patients’ dignity is a major focus of the NG Tube Feeding Training. Participants will learn how to incorporate compassionate care techniques, respect patient autonomy, and maintain dignity throughout the NG tube feeding process through talks and hands-on scenarios.

This guarantees that patients undergoing enteral feeding receive care that is not just sound medically but also respectful of their well-being and sense of dignity.

As I have told others… It is the best, most informative training I have ever attended