Nasogastric tubes are thin, flexible plastic medical devices that are inserted through the nasal cavity to reach the stomach.
It is necessary to fit the nasogastric tube when:
- you cannot feed naturally (you cannot swallow, have altered mental status, throat cancer or are endotracheally intubated);
- you need to be given medication;
- you need gastric aspiration (stomach pumping) to remove stomach contents (ingestion of toxic substances, gastric obstruction, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, etc.).
The cost of the nasogastric tube fitting is 120 lei.