When the client has a Sengstaken-Blakemore tube, a pair of scissors must be kept at the client's bedside at all times. The client needs to be observed for sudden respiratory distress, which occurs if the gastric balloon ruptures and the entire tube moves upward. If this occurs, the nurse immediately cuts all balloon lumens and removes
Is this pertaining to the lumens for balloon inflation and gastric aspiration? If so, why do you need to cut the lumens first, why can't you just pull it out?