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Routine Monitoring of Gastric Residual Volume During Enteral Feeding of Adult Inpatients: Clinical Utility and Guidelines

Last updated: August 15, 2019
Project Number: RA1057-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the comparative clinical utility of monitoring gastric residual volume versus no monitoring gastric residual volume in patients who require enteral feeding?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding monitoring gastric residual volume for patients who require enteral feeding?

Key Message

Two systematic reviews (one with meta-analysis), one randomized controlled trial, and two non-randomized studies were identified regarding the clinical utility of monitoring gastric residual volume versus no monitoring gastric residual volume in patients who require enteral feeding. In addition, two evidence-based guidelines were identified regarding monitoring gastric residual volume for patients who require enteral feeding.