I was wondering what your policies were on tolerance of gastric residuals, and whether or not nurses generally stick to the policy (does that seem like a ridiculous question? I can't decide!), or if there is another "anecdotal" type of "rule" that you might go by (i.e., certain docs prefer it certain ways, that was the way you were taught, etc.). I'm particularly interested in *why* your unit/you do this one way versus the other.
As usual, THANK YOU!!!
Just FYI, this is a sampling I've gotten so far:
-Tolerate </= 30%
-Tolerate </= 10%
-Tolerate anything that's not bilious, bloody, or mucousy, or is less than half the feed
-Tolerate 3-4cc worth of residual no matter what the volume is per feed (i.e., could be 6cc, could be 60cc)
-Discard always (if hasn't digested, likely won't)
-Discard as little as possible (save gastric enzymes, and w/MBM)
-Refeed and disregard, continue with feeds
-Refeed and subtract from feed volume
etc., etc., etc.