Nasogastric Tube

Gastric ileus is a potential complication of severe burn injury and the stomach should be decompressed with the insertion of a nasogastric tube. The patient should also be kept nil orally.



  • Insert nasogastric/ nasojejunal tube for larger burns (>20% TBSA in adults; >15% TBSA in children).
  • Check tube position, aspirate and leave on free drainage
  • Keep the patient nil orally

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Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne