NGT residual

  1. When you pull up NGT residual in a syringe, do you draw it up and then return it OR do you draw it up and discard it? Initially, I was taught to return it, but recently I was told by someone else to discard it. Thanks!
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   sunnygirl272
    usually return it, so as to not mess up electrolytes...
  4. by   Nurse Izzy
    We were taught to return it as long as it is not over the "recommended" amount. If it's over, you discard it.
  5. by   New CCU RN
    Always return@!!!! You don't want to mess up the patients electrolytes....
  6. by   gwenith
    Return it - unless !) It is over the recommended amount 2) contains soething occult i.e. blood (you are NOT doing the patient a favour returning blood to the stomach) or 3) you notice the patient's relative slowly changing colour to bright green. In all honesty it has been proven to be better to return. Just a question while we are on this topic. How many nurses use a fresh syringe each time they check the gastric residual? I have often witnessed the practice of reusing the same syringe (admittedly it it rinsed) but I am sure that he practice of reusing syringes for checking gastric residuals sontributes to the development of diarrhoea in enterally fed patients
  7. by   Jaaaman
    I was always taught to return it.
  8. by   emily_mom
    Return it. Same reason as above posters.
  9. by   baseline
    Return what you borrow.......... :-)
  10. by   Nurse Izzy
    We use the same syringe unless it is visibly contaminated (in other words - icky!)
  11. by   NsgTiger
    Thanks guys! I am glad to know I'm not going crazy. The nurse that told me to discard the residual went in to this long explanation of why. In the end I was just left super confused!
    Oh yeah, and about the syringe...I have been taught to use a new syringe every 24 hours. Of course with washing it after each use.
  12. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    usually return it, so as to not mess up electrolytes...
    This is what I was taught also.
  13. by   rreed
    same here as the above, return it unless a large amount.
    change syringe q 24 hrs with washing in between.

    Rachel
  14. by   New CCU RN
    If you rinse the syringe and keep it in the the little container (don't remember name of that), I don't see what the issue is with reusing it. We reuse for 24 hrs... you reuse cups don't you?

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