salem sump ng tubes - page 3

by annmariern

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Hi, Had a bad time with these things the last few days and wanted to get more info on them. Had a doc tell me about relying on flushing the anti reflux valve with air to determine placement as opposed to relying on the x-ray.... Read More


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    A lot of the time if gastric liquid is coming from the blue port it is because the suction isn't working correctly and the stomach is full. Check EVERYTHING from the canister lid, to the suction regulator, to the tubing, there is probably a leak somewhere. Another reason it leaks out the blue port is because someone has flushed the NG using the blue port. the blue port is just for air. I'm not sure why that is but it does cause it to leak.

    Michelle
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    Quote from RN-PA
    An Xray is REQUIRED by JCAHO??? You've got to be kidding. I'd love to know if anyone else has heard this!
    I never and we just got JCAHO'ed!
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    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.
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    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.


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