Reply To: platelet level to insert an NG tube

  • Christopher Williams

    April 4, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    We have a threshold of 20 x 109/ L for nasogastric tube insertion in our department. This threshold was reached via multidisciplinary consensus, I am not aware of any strong evidence base to this in the literature but would be interested if others have.

    Christopher Williams
    Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service
    Royal Children’s Hospital
    Melbourne, Australia
    Original Message:
    Sent: 04-04-2018 06:27 AM
    From: Mary Jean Howitt
    Subject: platelet level to insert an NG tube

    Recently I posted this question on the general APHON form and was not successful in hearing back from people, so I am trying again.

    My question is….

    Do you have a platelet level threshold for inserting a Nasogastric tube?

    If so what is it?

    If not, how do you decide the platelet level is a risk or not?

    We would really value your responses! Mary Jean

    Mary Jean Howitt, RN, MN, CPON, CNeph(c)
    Clinical Nurse Specialist; Regional COG Clinical Trial Coordinator
    IWK Health Center
    [Halifax, NS