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The typical amount one might suction via nasogastric tube from a patient overnight?
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Dr. Leto Quarles
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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