Veterinary critical care tube feeding tip: Nasogastric versus nasoesophageal

January 31, 2019
Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), practices at Adobe Animal Hospital in California as an ICU and Blood Bank Manager. He is co-chair of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serves as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and the Veterinary Innovation Council.

Hear straight from top ER tech Kenichuro Yagi why if you've been shying away from nasogastric tubes, you should be so shy.

(Getty Images)To the esophagus or to the stomach for feeding critical patients? Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), covered many emergency and critical care myths at the most recent Fetch dvm360 conference, and we pulled a tip for you from the talk. Are you hesitant to use nasogastric tubes instead of nasoesophageal? Yagi explains why research shows you should be nervous no longer and, in fact, be more assertive in opting for nasogastric. Hear the clip here:

Reference to the study: Yu MK, Freeman LM, Heinze CR. Comparison of complication rates in dogs with nasoesophageal versus nasogastric feeding tubes. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2013;23(3):300-304.

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), practices at Adobe Animal Hospital in California as an ICU and Blood Bank Manager. He is co-chair of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative and serves as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and the Veterinary Innovation Council.