Quote from teeituptom
I saw a new rn out a Salem Sump in the right nare and then she freaked as it surled and came out the left nare. She freaked over that.
Even now that I have placed countless NGs, I still get the "ew" feeling in the pit of my stomach when I have to do it. I'm just always waiting for the pt to vomit....and I still have an irrational fear of placing the tube into the brain
I can understand freaking out as a new RN if you had never seen the NG snake through the mouth. In school, many students never get a chance to place one on a real pt, only in mannequins, and nothing ever goes into the wrong place on mannequins!
In answer to the initial question, I was taught in school that the only "true and acceptable" ways to verify tube placement are GI aspirate w/ pH test, and radiology. In practice, we simply verify placement by auscultation, then an eventual KUB (I'm in the ED). I don't think you did anything incorrectly...most likely it was yanked!