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Does Nasogastric Tube Use During Cardiac Surgery Affect Postoperative Outcomes? A Narrative Review
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  • Sarah Paleczny,
  • Rubab Fatima,
  • Yannis Amador-Gody,
  • Mohammad El-Diasty
Sarah Paleczny
Kingston Health Sciences Centre

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Rubab Fatima
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
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Yannis Amador-Gody
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
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Mohammad El-Diasty
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
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Nasogastric tube (NGT) use has been common in the immediate postoperative period in surgical patients for decades. Potential advantages include the decompression of gastric contents and the early administration of time-sensitive medications. However, its routine use after cardiac surgery has not been established as a gold standard yet. The NGT use for prevention of post-operative nausea and vomiting has been a matter of debate in literature. Also, NGT use has also been associated with the incidence of some respiratory and gastrointestinal complications and it may be a source of significant pain and discomfort to patients. In this article, we review the current available literature regarding the use of NGT during and immediately after cardiac surgery, with particular emphasis on its potential role in enhanced postoperative recovery.
30 May 2022Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
30 May 2022Submission Checks Completed
30 May 2022Assigned to Editor
30 May 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
11 Jun 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
29 Jul 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Major
29 Aug 20221st Revision Received
29 Aug 2022Submission Checks Completed
29 Aug 2022Assigned to Editor
29 Aug 2022Reviewer(s) Assigned
17 Sep 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
05 Oct 2022Editorial Decision: Accept