We don't do gastric lavage very often in my ER, but the doc wanted it done on a young lady recently (swallowed multiple types of meds 30 minutes before arrival). We tried out the "garden hose" tubes without success and ended up placing an 18 French. Unfortunately our ER doesn't have a wide variety of choices - we go from 32 to 28 to 18 and smaller. So my question is....
What is the largest size NG tube you have placed for the specific purpose of doing gastric lavage on an overdose? I'm not talking about NG tubes for suctioning bleeds or bowel obstructions. When you need to lavage to suction out large pieces of pills, what size NG do you use? I'm not taking about OG either