Currently, patients requiring a gastric feeding tube will have the tube placed under endoscopic or fluoroscopic guidance. The U/S guided PG technique was developed by Dr. Stephen Tropello, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. This novel approach involves the use of ultrasound, Seldinger technique and magnet technologies. This technique was developed as a response to the delays patients faced once a request for a feeding tube was made. This novel technique simplifies the tools and equipment needed for gastric feeding tube placement and opens the opportunity for trained physicians already facile with the use of ultrasound-guided Seldinger technique (such as central venous access placement), to place a gastric feeding tube at the bed side.
4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ - maximum