Interventions for pts with NG tubes

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    Hi everyone!

    I recently took care of a pt who had an NG tube (I believe it was due to a duodenal ulcer). She became nauseated just due to the fact that the tube was uncomfortable. The positioning of the tube was fine, and even though I did give zofran, my feeling was that since the nausea was mostly coming from the presence of the tube itself, zofran wasn't going to do much of anything. At any rate, my question to the more experienced nurses out there is this: what types of non-pharmacological interventions do you use to help a pt who's feeling crappy because of their NG tube? One of the girls I work with suggested a cool compress to the back of the neck, which helped my pt a little bit. Any other good tricks out there? I'd appreciate any help. Thank you!

    -Erin

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