Quote from Nurse Bethie
Please help! I am a nursing instructor and one of the clients on our floor has a Saratoga tube...I have no idea what this is. I am hoping that you can help me to explain it to my students are direct me to reference so I can learn about it.
You are probably referring to a Saratoga Sump (Nasogastric Suction). A google as well as a dogpile search was not of much help in finding a definitive description. I believe that a similar named device (Saratoga Drain) may also be utilized as a cardio-thoracic device. Hopefully, some of the GI people on this board will respond with a more detailed answer. Is the tube extending from one of the nares and connected to a suction machine? If so, naso-gastric suction for stomach decompression/drainage.
As an amusing aside, I recall many years ago telephoning Hospital Central Supply requesting a Salem sump as my patient's regular NG tube was functioning poorly - probably adhereing to the stomach mucosa - and the Salem sump would overcome the problem. The Supply Clerk was not familiar with a Salem sump and replied "The onliest thing we has is a Sataroga Sump." I inquired "What?" The clerk responded, "You know, Sataroga - like the State.
My response was "No, Saratoga like the city in upstate New York." A personal trip to Central Supply resulted in finding a bin full of Salem sump tubes.
Good luck with the search.