Clinical

Early detection of complications of gastrostomy

An NPSA Rapid Response Report

At the beginning of April the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) issued a Rapid Response Report to the NHS on complications after gastronomy. The chair of the BSG Small Bowel/Nutrition section acted as an advisor to NPSA. Commenting on the report David Sanders said, "the BSG considers the issues surrounding both the seection of patients for gastronomy placement and the avoidance of complications to be of great importance. The BSG has previously produced clinical guidelines and, more recently, collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians on a report designed to improve standards of care for patients referred for or having a gastronomy".