Hello. So I have been a nurse for 1 1/2 years. I have had some pt's with NG tubes. Recentely however I had one that was a salem sump NG tube. It was set up to suction and orders were to flush with 30 ml q 4 hours. Is this the correct nursing procedure steps?
Disconnect NG from suction canister,,,,(does the contents from the canister end of the tubing leak out or are we supposed to clamp it somehow?)
Insert 30cc of air into ng tube and listen for placement
Insert 30cc of nss or water
Insert air again????
Hook back up to suction.
Big question- what is the blue tube for?? I know it has to do with air pressure and preventing suction to stomach wall,,, but do we ever mess with that?? Is it supposed to be open or do we clamp it???
Any guidance would be great. First time with the salem sump. Of course I went home and read up all about it, but I would like to hear RN's view on the process and any little secrets that help out.