How do you maintain an NG tube patency?
Hereof, how do you maintain a patency of an NG tube?
Use 60 mL syringe to avoid high pressures. Flush with 30mLs water every 4 hours (continuous feed) to maintain patency of feeding tube unless otherwise ordered. Flush with 30mLs water before and after each feed (intermittent) to maintain patency of feeding tube unless otherwise ordered.
Subsequently, question is, how long should an NG tube stay in? The use of a nasogastric tube is suitable for enteral feeding for up to six weeks. Polyurethane or silicone feeding tubes are unaffected by gastric acid and can therefore remain in the stomach for a longer period than PVC tubes, which can only be used for up to two weeks.
Considering this, how often should a nasogastric tube be aspirated?
You should change the position of the NG tube slightly every 24 hours to reduce the risk of skin breakdown. Remember that tube placement should be verified before use if intermittently being used and every 4 hours if being continuously used.
How do you feed a patient with NGT?
Giving the feedings
- Wash your hands.
- Measure the correct amount of formula and warm it to the desired temperature.
- Check tube placement as above (observing mark on NG tube and pH testing).
- Clamp the tube.
- Attach a syringe to the feeding tube.
- Pour the formula into the syringe.
- Unclamp the tube.