This nasogastric tube insertion guide provides a step-by-step approach to performing NG tube insertion in an OSCE setting with an included video demonstration.


At the end of the lesson students will be able to:

Define the term inserting of nasogastric tube.

Mention any four (4) purpose of inserting nasogastric tube.

List the indication of inserting nasogastric tube.

Enumerate any five (5) requirements of inserting nasogastric tube.

Demonstrate the procedure of inserting nasogastric tube.


The process of inserting NG tube has its risks, but once nurses gain experience in this area, they should be able to insert an NG tube without any level of difficulty.

It is important that nurses know the reason that their patient has an NG tube in order to avoid any pitfalls that can occur as a result of the procedure.

Therefore, nurses should seek to master this nursing skill.

NG tubing is a procedure that nurses use for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Patients have an NG tube inserted immediately after any major surgery for approximately 48-72 hours.

An NG tube is intended for short-term used to help prevent vomiting after surgery and to keep the patient’s stomach empty.

Nurses also use the tube to feed critically ill patients and to administer their medications to them.

 Nasogastric tubes are also used in the event of drug overdose; the patient’s gut when GI bleeding occurs, and gathering gastric content from the patient’s stomach for lab analysis


Abdullahi Suleiman a Certified Registered Nurse based in Nigeria, an Entrepreneur and Also a Blogger, passionate about Community Development and Cosmetic Nursing

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