Is it possible, in a fully conscious pt., to insert an NG/OG tube into their lung and NOT have them gasping for air and becoming hysterical? Has anyone ever misplaced a tube and had the pt. just sit calmly with a tube in their lung? It just seems to me that it should be quite obvious if you are in the wrong place--I have only put one NG in a lung and the pt. pretty much stopped breathing due to laryngospasms until I took it out.
Now, if you did get the tube in the lung and the pt. was sitting quietly and you started dumping fluid in (lavage) wouldn't they immediately start having resp. distress as soon as the fluid hit their lung?
I just don't always trust the listening for air method, I thought I could learn from ya'lls experience...