Despite a number of initiatives in the NHS, patients continue to die or are seriously injured due to the complications of an incorrectly fitted feeding tube also known as a nasogastric (NG) tube.
A feeding tube must be inserted by specially trained staff to ensure that it enters the oesophagus and stomach. Due to the risks involved in this procedure, the decision to use a tube must be made by two competent medical professionals.
Mistakes made when inserting a feeding tube could result in the tube entering or piercing the:
- Trachea (windpipe)
Feeding tubes are used in all hospitals. They are primarily used to feed (or provide medication and fluids to) patients unable to feed or swallow eg. in stroke patients and involve the insertion of a tube through the nose, past the throat and into the stomach.
Mistakes made in inserting a feeding or nasogastric tube are described as ‘never events’ i.e. something which should never have occurred if the correct procedures are followed.
If you or a loved one experienced serious harm due to mistakes in the fitting of a feeding tube, you could claim compensation. Our solicitors are experts in obtaining compensation for patients who have been injured in hospital. We provide a free case evaluation and a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement. This means that you will not be charged any upfront legal costs in order to start your compensation claim and if your claim is not successful, you will not incur any costs*.
For information on our No Win No Fee hospital negligence claims, including those for feeding tube mistakes, call us today on 0333 900 8787, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form.
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