Had a pt with a possible small bowel obstruction (bowel sounds were great, asymptomatic pt with a prior bm that am, no distention, etc.) unconfirmed by CT that had low intermittent NG suction with a salem sump tube.
Output changed from expected cloudy straw colored fluid to rust colored/brown and frothy - what could this be? There was no fecal odor/consistency to the new drainage, just the color.
Also, the drainage seemed to adhere to the NGT lumen walls - with an NPO pt, are there any tricks to flushing the line without instilling large amounts of fluid? The line remained patent, but I wonder for how long thereafter...