The Hungry Manikin - Paediatric Nasogastric Feeding Trainer

  • This model was designed by nutrition nurses at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to  demonstrate to parents/carers the technique for inserting nasogastric and gastrostomy tubes in children

    This simple to use simulator helps identify the stages of placement, ensuring that the nasogastric device is passed safely and correctly.

    This child manikin enables parents/carers to visualise the correct positioning of nasogastric and gastrostomy tubes and also practise the associated techniques

    Families have reported that The Hungry Manikin gave them invaluable practice and  increased their confidence and understanding.

    Measurement, placement and securement of nasogastric tube

    Insertion of gastrostomy tube

    As the manikin accepts fluids, training in the following procedures is now possible:

    • Aspiration of the stomach for confirming correct tube placement
    • Measuring pH (acidity/alkalinity) of stomach aspirate
    • Enteral feeding via nasogastric or gastrostomy tubes
    • Administration of liquid based medicines