NGT residual question..

  1. i dont know where to post this question but i ended up here so here's my question regarding NGT residuals. what i know is if the residual has the same characteristic (like Osteorized feeding, milk feeding) is the same, and is < than 100ML we rturn it to the patient cause it is considered a part of your patient. what do you do when you havent fed the patient anything, and you got watery light greenish color as your NGT residual approx 120cc, do you return it? im just confused with ngt residuals. please dont judge me im here to learn from experienced nurses. thanks a lot.
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  3. by   Sun0408
    Check you policy..Some state to return, others state for anything over XXX to waste.. Also, I don't check residual on pts that are NOT getting feeding. I do check placement but not residual. If the pt c/o nausea I will hook the NG to suction.. Policy standard. Hope this helps
  4. by   SionainnRN
    When I was in the ICU we always returned residuals because it held important gastric juices the pt needed. It wasn't so much about returning the volume because it wasn't usually that much, and they were getting IV fluids.
  5. by   IABP4U
    Excellent article about enteral nutrition, gastric residuals, tube placement, etc. I was surprised to learn from the article that bowel sounds do not necessarily correlate with GI motility.

    Development of Evidence-Based Guidelines and Critical Care Nurses ’ Knowledge of Enteral Feeding
  6. by   eatmysoxRN
    I return residuals per policy. Check your policy.

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