A whole-system approach to nasogastric tubes led by nurses is improving patient safety at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This initiative won the patient safety improvement category in the 2018 Nursing Times Awards.
Misplacement of nasogastric tubes can have disastrous consequences for patients and is listed as a “never event” by NHS England. When Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had two of these never events, the nutrition nursing team carried out a system-wide evaluation to identify problems and develop plans to address them. An e-learning package, robust standardisation in staff’s approach to patient care, re-setting “red lines” to support and empower staff, and the introduction of monitoring and reporting systems have contributed to improving patient safety.