• Level 3
  • 4-6 Hours
  • 1 Year Certificate

NG Feed Awareness

Nasogastric (NG) feed awareness educates and prepares caregivers to properly care for patients requiring tube feeding. An NG tube is inserted through the nose and down to the stomach to deliver liquid nutrition when oral eating is not possible.

Gain the required skills

NG Tube Awareness Training course provides healthcare professionals and caregivers essential knowledge and practical skills for Nasogastric (NG) tube feeding. Proper training is crucial for caregivers to safely handle NG equipment, prepare feeds, check placement, monitor patients, and support overall wellbeing.

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Course Summary

  • NG OVERVIEW • Define what NG Feeding is • List the reasons for having a NG inserted • Describe the differences between PEG, JEJE, RIG, NG and how that may impact care • Label the relevant A&P
  • COMPLICATIONS • Identify complications that may occur and how to report them • State what action to take within scope of practice and how to report concerns within the workplace • Discuss importance of checking the pH Level accurately
  • NUTRITION & HYDRATION • List the types of feed within the work place • Define what dehydration is and how to prevent / recognise it • Identify ways of observing weight loss/gain
  • INFECTION CONTROL • Summarise the importance of efficient infection prevention techniques for the individual, staff, NG and skin care. • Identify PPE within the workplace (15.1e) • Describe the correct handwashing technique
  • PERSON CENTRED CARE • Mouthcare • Documentation (14.1b) • Individual needs • Privacy and dignity (7.1b 7.1c) • Consent and the right to refuse
  • MEDICATION OVERVIEW • List the forms of medication most suited to NG Tube • Explain the importance of medication reviews and ensuring accurate forms of medication suitable for NG Tube are available (13.5)
  • EQUIPMENT • Demonstrate correct use of Pump, syringe Demonstrate the correct procedure for administering medications and checking pH Levels

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FAQs

    Where do you deliver this training?

    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 Stoke on Trent, London, Swindon, Epsom & York 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.

    How long will the training last?

    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.

    Will attending this training make me competent?

    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.

    Who will conduct the training?

    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.

    What equipment will you use for training?

    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 course delivers the knowledge and skills caregivers need to safely and effectively care for patients requiring nasogastric (NG) tube feeding. Nasogastric (NG) feed awareness training course prepares caregivers to properly care for patients requiring tube feeding.

An NG tube is inserted through the nose and down to the stomach to deliver liquid nutrition when oral eating is not possible.

Proper training is crucial for caregivers to safely handle NG equipment, prepare feeds, check placement, monitor patients, and support overall wellbeing. By developing expertise, they can help ensure patients with NG tubes receive proper nutrition, hydration and compassionate care.

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

If it is peg feeding training you are interested in, you can see full information in the link provided.

NG Feed Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding NG Tube Feeding

Module 1 lays the foundation by defining Nasogastric (NG) tubes and other feeding tubes. We’ll delve into the reasons individuals may require NG tube feeding, building a solid understanding of this crucial aspect of patient care.

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

Module 2: Complications and Action

Explores potential complications associated with NG tube feeding. Learn how to identify these complications and, more importantly, discover the correct actions to take when faced with them. Safety and proactive response are our focus.

  • 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 delve into the variety of feed products available for NG tube feeding. Recognising dehydration and effectively monitoring weight changes are vital skills covered in this module, ensuring comprehensive care for individuals in your charge.

  • 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

Module 4 delves into the critical area of infection prevention and control relevant to NG feeding. Understanding and implementing workplace measures for infection control is essential for the safety and well-being of patients.

  • Summarise the importance of efficient infection prevention techniques for individuals, staff, NG tubes, and skin care.
  • Identify Personal Protective Equipment (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. You can check more clinical training courses for nurses to see the list of trainings we have.

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. You can also enrol for our nasogastric instructor course if you are interested in teaching the course.


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: The frequency of checking NG tube placement can vary based on institutional policies and the patient’s condition. Generally, healthcare professionals should assess NG tube placement before each feeding or medication administration. Continuous monitoring for signs of displacement, such as coughing or discomfort, is essential during use. Regular reconfirmation of placement, typically through pH testing or radiography, may also be required as part of routine care.

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: A nurse’s responsibilities in NG (Nasogastric) feeding include safely inserting the NG tube, ensuring it is correctly positioned in the stomach, monitoring the patient’s condition, administering prescribed feeds and medications through the tube, and regularly checking for any complications or discomfort.

Nurses also educate patients and caregivers about NG tube care and troubleshoot any issues that may arise during the feeding process. 

Q6: What is NGT training?

A6: NGT training, or Nasogastric Tube training, is a program that teaches healthcare professionals, typically nurses and doctors, how to safely insert, manage, and care for nasogastric tubes.

It covers the procedures, hygiene, patient communication, and troubleshooting associated with NGT placement and usage.

Q7: Who can insert an NGT?

A7: Nasogastric tube insertion is a clinical procedure that should be performed by trained healthcare professionals. This includes doctors, nurses, and specially trained healthcare assistants who have received proper training and certification in NGT placement.

It’s crucial that the procedure is conducted by someone with the necessary expertise to ensure patient safety and comfort.

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

The NG Tube Feeding Training focuses on imparting practical skills in nasogastric tube insertion, maintenance, feeding techniques, problem-solving, and ensuring patient safety. Participants will acquire hands-on expertise to confidently manage enteral nutrition through NG tube feeding.

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

The NG Tube Feeding Training places a strong emphasis on preserving and promoting the dignity of patients. Through discussions and practical scenarios, participants will learn how to integrate compassionate care practices, respect patient autonomy, and uphold dignity throughout the NG tube feeding process.

This ensures that individuals receiving enteral nutrition experience care that is not only medically sound but also considerate of their personal dignity and well-being. 

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

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