Clinical Research Details

Clinical Research

The POCUS Study

Study Description

Physician-performed point of care ultrasound (POCUS) in confirming Oro-gastric/Naso-gastric (OG/NG) tube position in infants admitted to a level three Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a teaching hospital

OG/NG tube insertion is a common procedure in NICU but it carries risks related to displacement or malposition. Current gold standard for confirmation of OG/NG tube position is X-rays causing concerns over exposure to harmful ionizing radiation. Our hypothesis is that POCUS is non-inferior to x-rays in confirming OG/NG position.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • Stable infants > 30 weeks gestation, on CPAP+6 or less respiratory support

Exclusion criteria:

  • Gestational age less than 30 weeks
  • Intubated or on ventilator
  • Medically unstable (includes temperature instability)
  • At risk for infection- NEC or skin diseases

Open Enrollment

Contact Name: Kim Barnette
Contact Phone: (904) 633-4176
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