Inserting an NG Tube

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    We recently had to insert NG tubes for class. I thought this video might be helpful.


    Thank you we have this next week along with our Foley Catheters….

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    Always measure the tube from the tip of the nose to the earlobe to xyphoid process .

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    This is one procedure people used to just call me to come insert the tube because it was so easy. My BIGGEST tip/trick is this: NG tubes are ugly beasts. Get all your prep ready to go, then get a cup of hot (not boiling) water. You want to rest the insertion tip at least 3 inches into that hot water to soften it up. When the tube touches the back of the patient’s mouth/throat and it’s been pre-warmed like this, it will automatically curve to follow the patient’s esophagus. Presto, BINGO, it goes right in. Remember to tell the patient to place chin down and take small sips of water as you slip the tube in with each swallow. Stop when the patient is getting more fluid or you will cause him/her to choke. On each swallow, gently push the tube down. Check placement when done, and secure/proceed according to your facility policy. I really hope this helps many of you to decrease the torture inflicted by what our school taught us to do: they made us insert the tube end into cold water (let’s just make it super stiff so it scrapes down the back of the throat, gagging all the way). Best wishes ♥

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