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Benchmark: Evidence -Based Practice (EBP) Summary

Shannon Marcus

Grand Canyon University- NUR-504

Debra Finch-Instructor

May 26, 2015


Nasogastric (NG) tube placement is a common procedure done in pediatric and neonatal patient care settings. However, there is little research that exists in today’s vast amount of medical information that conclusively proves the safest and most accurate way to verify placement. Although there have been several research and antidotal studies done, dating back as early as the 1980’s that have questioned the safety of solely using the auscultation of air in the abdomen to verify correct placement it is still considered the gold standard of practice, and the vast majority of clinical nurses utilize this practice everyday in practice. In 2009, the Pediatric Nursing Journal published an article authored by Michelle Farrington and Cheryl Lang titled, “Nasogastric Tube Placement and Verification in Pediatric and Neonatal Patients.” This article reports an evidence-based practice project using the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice in Midwestern Children’s hospital to implement standards of care and avoid future inconsistencies in nursing practice to provide the best patient outcomes. 1. A summary of key points of the article.

A list of the steps taken by nursing to develop and implement an EBP. 1. formulation of a clinical question; 2. gathering the best evidence to answer the clinical question;3. critical appraisal of the best evidence;4. integration of the evidence with the clinician's own expertise, assessment of the patient's condition, available healthcare resources, and the patient's preferences and values to implement a clinical decision; and 5. evaluation of the practice change as a result of implementing the evidence.

1. Application of the learned information to a practice setting where the student either...
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