CLINICAL DO'S & DON'TS: Inserting a nasogastric tube

May 2005 
Volume 35  Number 5
Pages 22 - 22
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  • YOU MAY INSERT a nasogastric tube in an adult to administer tube feedings and medications, remove and suction stomach contents, or lavage his stomach.

    * Verify the order, including the type and size of the nasogastric tube and whether it will be attached to suction.

    * Check the patient's history for nasal surgery or presence of a deviated nasal septum. Assess his level of consciousness and ability to cooperate, then perform a baseline abdominal assessment.

    * Provide privacy, perform hand hygiene, and put on clean gloves.

    * Position the patient in high Fowler's position and support his head and shoulders with a pillow. Assess his nostrils for obstruction and choose the nostril with better airflow for tube insertion.Measure the distance from the ...

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