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Doctor insights on: Nasogastric Tube Drainage

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What is a nasogastric tube used for?

What is a nasogastric tube used for?

Nasogastric tube: A nasogastric tube is used to evacuate stomach contents. It is commonly used in surgery when the stomach contents need to be removed, or when the GI tract cannot move things through on it own (as with bowel obstruction). An ng tube can also be used in the emergency room to administer medications or remove poisons or overdoses. They go through the nose to prevent the gag reflex, and can stay there.

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Is prolonged nasogastric tube feeding ok?

Is prolonged nasogastric tube feeding ok?

No: Long term use of nasogastric tube can cause erosion to the nose and nostrils and can cause all kind of sinus problems if tube feeding warranted the use PEG tube which a tube that could go directly to the stomach via the abdomen bypassing the upper part and could be inserted by a scope no need for surgery or anesthesia and tolerated by any body regardless how sick they are it could be done bed side

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What is nasogastric tube feeding used for?

What is nasogastric tube feeding used for?

Simple bypass: Ng feeding is a simple and short term way to maintain enteral (using the digestive tract) feedings to maintain adequate nutrition while a patient is not aleart enough to feed or has problems with the swallowing process. If the patient has long term needs, a tube thru the abdominal wall to the stomach can do the same thing. Good nutrition is important to healing.

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Can a nasogastric tube help in the case of bulimia?

Can a nasogastric tube help in the case of bulimia?

No.: I don't see this as helpful, and it certainly does not address the core of the problem.

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Differences between gastrostomy and nasogastric tube.?

Location: The location of the tube tells which one it is. A nasogastric tube is a temporary tube placed through the nose into the stomach. It can be used to remove fluid from the stomach, or used for instilling liquid food. A gastrostomy tube is a surgically placed tube through the abdominal skin into the stomach, usually used for longer term nutritional liquid feeding.

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Do you know where I can find an image of an ng (nasogastric) tube?

Do you know where I can find an image of an ng (nasogastric) tube?

NG tube: Nasogastric tube is used for different purposes. The tubes used for more prolonged tube feeding are smaller, softer, and more flexible. The tubes used to aspirate (remove) fluid tend to be larger and a little firmer.

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When would you aspirate an nasogastric tube? What are you looking for?

Depends...: If someone is vomiting blood, it could be used to determine if there is ongoing bleeding. If someone has a bowel obstruction, you might be looking for the volume of fluid from the stomach to decrease to show that the intestines are beginning to work again. Sometimes it is checked after a feeding is given to make sure that the stomach is properly emptying.

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Is it ok if they left my nasogastric tube unchanged for more than two weeks?

Is it ok if they left my nasogastric tube unchanged for more than two weeks?

Depends, usually yes: Most ng tubes are designed to be left in place as long as they are needed for drainage and/or feeding after serious injury/illness or when recovering from major surgeries on the digestive tract. Replacing an ng tube, especially after certain types of surgery, may actually risk causing new injury. If we expect to need a tube for more than 4-6 weeks, a more permanent tube may be placed surgically.

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Is it cruel to feed someone through a nasogastric tube or esophagostomy tube?

Is it cruel to feed someone through a nasogastric tube or esophagostomy tube?

No: On occasions, it can be life saving. If someone is unable to talk food orally, the next best approach is a feeding tube, either through the nose or percutaneously, which would be for long-term use. An esophagostomy tube is used for drainage of the esophagus, and is not used as a feeding tube.

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What medical reasons that require feeding a patient through a nasogastric tube.?

What medical reasons that require feeding a patient through a nasogastric tube.?

Many things: No body use nasal gastric feeding tube now unless it have been used for a very short period of time if it was used they use it on any patient that not capable of eating but his guts is capable of digestion the food good way of nutrition for a patient that could not feed themselves IV fluid has no nutritional values only good for hydration if feeding needed they use now PEG tube

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The typical amount one might suction via nasogastric tube from a patient overnight?

The typical amount one might suction via nasogastric tube from a patient overnight?

Varies with cause: Good nursing question! Check with the doc who placed the tube. If just for keeping stomach empty without overproduction (post-op, etc.), minimal to few 100ccs per shift is typical, but if actively draining overproduction, may be much more. Ask the doc who placed the tube for parameters when to call, whether/when to draw labs or supplement fluids with exceptionally high outputs.

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What's a nasogastric tube like?

What's a nasogastric tube like?

Like a tube: Tube inserted through the nose and place the tip in the stomach to feed the patient long term use of nasogastric tube can cause erosion to the nose and nostrils and can cause all kind of sinus problems if tube feeding warranted the use PEG tube which a tube that could go directly to the stomach via the abdomen bypassing the upper part and could be inserted by a scope

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What is the definition or description of: nasogastric tube?

What is the definition or description of: nasogastric tube?

NG tube: This is a flexible tube inserted through the nose and then carefully advanced into the stomach. It is used to suction fluids and gases out of the stomach, often for surgical patients.

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What does the procedure for nasogastric tube removal entail?

What does the procedure for nasogastric tube removal entail?

Gently pull: The tube is released from the tape which holds it in place. It is gently pulled and withdrawn out the nose. It requires no medication and is not painful although many people will have a significant gag reflex during the process.

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How can you give medication if the nasogastric tube is blocked?

How can you give medication if the nasogastric tube is blocked?

You can't...: If the tube is clogged, only by unclogging it can you either instill new medications or remove fluid from the stomach.

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There are medical reasons that require feeding a baby through a nasogastric tube?

There are medical reasons that require feeding a baby through a nasogastric tube?

Yes.: This is not appropriate for any healthy babies, but premature and ill infants, as well as some with certain swallowing issues, could possibly benefit from short-term use of n-g feeding.

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Can a nasogastric tube help internal bleeding?

Can a nasogastric tube help internal bleeding?

Not necessarily.: An "ng" tube is often placed to help determine where in the GI tract the bleeding source is and how much blood loss there is. It will not stop the bleeding. Gastrointestinal bleeding often stops on its own. If it does not, an endoscopy or surgery may be needed. Sometimes a radiologist can stop the bleeding by plugging (embolization) the bleeding blood vessel.

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Why would a stroke patient need a nasogastric tube?

Why would a stroke patient need a nasogastric tube?

Several reasons: If the patient needs oral nutrition or oral medication & has trouble eating or swallowing, a nasogastric tube provides a relatively short term solution other than ivs or tpn. Also, if there is any impairment of gastric motility in a stroke patient, this may alleviate discomfort. Reducing risks of aspiration (inhaling stomach content into the lungs creating a bad pneumonia) may be another reason.

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How are gastrostomy tube and nasogastric tube different?

How are gastrostomy tube and nasogastric tube different?

Nose and stomach: nasogastric tube is a tube inserted through the nose and place the tip in the stomach for feeding purposes gastric tube is a tube go directly to the stomach through the abdomen bypassing the upper part could be inserted by a scope without surgery or general anesthesia

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What are the differences between gastrostomy tube and nasogastric tube?

What are the differences between gastrostomy tube and nasogastric tube?

Gastrostomy: A gastrostomy tube is a tube inserted through the skin into the stomach, used for long term feeding in patients who cannot swallow. A nasogastric tube is a tube inserted through the nostrils into the stomach. It is a short term catheter which can be used for feeding, but it must be removed or it will cause erosion of the mucosa in the nose.

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