Quote from tseten
Please can you help on this. I am just starting this course.
Can you please tell me more about Levine and Salem Sump nasogastric tubes?
Also which tube (Levine and Salem sump) can be attached to continous suction. I have no idea, I can't find in the book.
Thank you so much in advance.
Theoretically, the salem sump can be hooked to continuous suction.
The blue port is supposed to keep the tube from sticking to the wall of the stomach, which is the main danger of continuous suction.
However, most facilities (where I've worked; not sure about the others) and many physicians prefer all NGTs to be to intermittent suctions still.
This is probably because the blue port tends to get clogged, and thus malfunctions sometimes.
I learned somewhere that when the blue port is functioning, the suction needs to be set to "medium" for optimal function. I think I learned that in school, but it has been a while so I'm not sure anymore.