No H2O to patients with NG tube?? No H2O to patients with NG tube?? | allnurses

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No H2O to patients with NG tube??

  1. 0 Hi all!

    I hope you are having a nice weekend!

    I read this in my med-surg book, at least I *think* I did... and I don't have it on me right now or I would check it but... is it true that you don't allow patients with a NG tube to drink water because it will cause a diffusion of electrolytes into the stomach that will then be suctioned away?? Can someone elaborate as well? thank you in advance!!!

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    If your patient is able to drink water on their own, why do they have an NG tube?

    [edit] Furthermore, if you're pumping the patient's stomach why would they be ingesting any liquids?

    The answer to your question is no
    Last edit by CyclicalEvents on Sep 25, '10