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What happens if a sundowning patient keeps pulling their nasogastric tube out?
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Dr. Stephen Massimi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: This is not uncommon
Sun downing patients often do some things that don't assist the care their team has planned for them. If the ng tube is needed, it simply may have to be replaced, which is a bit uncomfortable, so we like to minimize this.
The tube should be taped back and out of the way of the patient so they are less likely to notice or grab it. Increasing supervision can help to redirect the patient as well.

In brief: This is not uncommon
Sun downing patients often do some things that don't assist the care their team has planned for them. If the ng tube is needed, it simply may have to be replaced, which is a bit uncomfortable, so we like to minimize this.
The tube should be taped back and out of the way of the patient so they are less likely to notice or grab it. Increasing supervision can help to redirect the patient as well.
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