Gastric residual volume measurement in British neonatal intensive care units : a survey of practice

Dorling, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2547-8209, Tume, LN ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2547-8209, Arch, B, Woolfall, K, Latten, L, Roper, L, Deja, E, Pathan, N, Eccleson, H, Hickey, H, Brown, M, Beissel, A, Andrzejewska, I, Valla, FV and Gale, C 2020, 'Gastric residual volume measurement in British neonatal intensive care units : a survey of practice' , BMC Pediatrics . (In Press)

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Abstract

Objective: Despite little evidence, the practice of routine gastric residual volume (GRV) measurement to guide enteral feeding in neonatal units is widespread. Due to increased interest in this practice, and to examine trial feasibility, we aimed to determine enteral feeding and GRV measurement practices in British neonatal units. Design & Setting: An online survey was distributed via email to all neonatal units and networks in England, Scotland and Wales. A clinical nurse, senior doctor and dietitian were invited to collaboratively complete the survey and submit a copy of relevant guidelines. Results: 95/184 (51.6%) approached units completed the survey, 81/95 (85.3%) reported having feeding guidelines and 28 guidelines were submitted for review. The majority of units used intermittent (90/95) gastric feeds as their primary feeding method. 42/95 units reported specific guidance for measuring and interpreting GRV. 20/90 units measured GRV before every feed, 39/90 at regular time-intervals (most commonly 4-6 hourly 35/39) and 26/90 when felt to be clinically indicated. Most units reported uncertainty on the utility of aspirate volume for guiding feeding decisions; 13/90 reported that aspirate volume affected decisions ‘very much’. In contrast, aspirate colour was reported to affect decisions ‘very much’ by 37/90 of responding units. Almost half, 44/90, routinely returned aspirates to the stomach. Conclusions: Routine GRV measurement is part of standard practice in British neonatal units, although there was inconsistency in how frequently to measure or how to interpret the aspirate. Volume was considered less important than colour of the aspirate.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: BMC Pediatrics
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1471-2431
Funders: National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment
Depositing User: Dr Lyvonne Tume
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 13:23
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 13:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57283

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