Appropriateness of medication administration via nasogastric tube in the general wards at Livingstone Tertiary Hospital

  • N Moosa Livingstone Tertiary Hospital
  • R Kloppers Livingstone Tertiary Hospital

Abstract

Administration of medication via nasogastric tube (NGT) offers an alternative in patients who are unable to swallow oral solid or liquid dosage forms safely.1 Pharmacists have a deep understanding and knowledge base in terms of pharmaceutical formulations and are therefore key role-players when it comes to assessing the appropriateness of medication selection for NGT administration. The challenges identified in a state hospital setting include the lack of a multi-disciplinary approach when it comes to administration of medication via NGT, the restriction by a medication formulary, and the lack of data and practice guidelines on this topic.

Author Biographies

N Moosa, Livingstone Tertiary Hospital

Livingstone Tertiary Hospital, Port Elizabeth

R Kloppers, Livingstone Tertiary Hospital

Livingstone Tertiary Hospital, Port Elizabeth

Published
2019-07-15
Section
Forum