1970's NG tubes

  1. I know that not all of you are as old as me, but I am trying to help a colleague research NG tubes and we are trying to remember if the old tubes had one port or many ports. Do any of you remember? I do not remember ever using a single port and I started nursing school in 1977. Thanks for your help!:hatparty:
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  3. by   Blackcat99
    :chuckle I think they only had one port that I can remember. I hope someone with a better memory than mine will answer your question.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    NG tube had only one port. Here's a list of other tubes.



    Gastric and enteral tubes

    * Miller-Abbott Tube -- double lumen, 10 ft

    * Harris Tube -- single lumen, mercury weighted tube, 6 ft, weight of mercury carries tube by gravity

    * Cantor Tube -- single lumen with 4-5 ml bag of mercury attached, 10 ft

    * Ewald Tube -- large lumen gastric tube for aspirating large clots from stomach


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    If I remember correctly Cantor tubes were duel lumen: had to open test tube of mercury, pour into one opening. Also used Miller Abbott tube: duel lueman


    Found a good power point presentation on Elimination that shows tubes:
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 3, '04
  5. by   prmenrs
    I used a Salem Sump tube, 2 lumens, one main channel for drainage, one small channel for air venting to prevent the tube from sticking to and damaging the stomach wall. You had to "listen" the vent to check if it whistled, indicating that it was working. I think those tubes are still around.
  6. by   Gompers
    Quote from prmenrs
    I used a Salem Sump tube, 2 lumens, one main channel for drainage, one small channel for air venting to prevent the tube from sticking to and damaging the stomach wall. You had to "listen" the vent to check if it whistled, indicating that it was working. I think those tubes are still around.
    Yes, we still use Salem Sump tubes in the NICU for NPO babies with various GI problems. They're usually set to some kind of suction. The surgeons prefer Repogles, though, which are another double-lumen tube that functions the same as Salems. The Repogles are quite a bit stiffer but have more holes at the end to better vent and suction the stomach contents. We like the Salems because they're much softer and more comfortable, but we have to change them much more often because the holes are smaller.
  7. by   P_RN
    How about a Sengstaken-Blakemore Tube" It has a baloon on the end that's inflated then pulled back in order to place pressure on esophageal varicies. The end it then tied to a football helmet to create traction. Seems like it has 3 lumens, kind of like a foley.
  8. by   gwenith
    The one that pre-dated the Salem Sump was the Ryles tube - still available - it had I think one lumen one port but more than one opening at the end of the tube.
  9. by   karenG
    Quote from gwenith
    The one that pre-dated the Salem Sump was the Ryles tube - still available - it had I think one lumen one port but more than one opening at the end of the tube.

    now I feel old.......the Ryles tube is the one I remember! yep one port and 2 openings at the end of the tube. Remember having to pass one on each other as a learning exercise!

    Karen

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