Quick questionI had a patient who had a NGT to low intermittent suction after exploratory lap for possible small bowel obstruction. The pt was hooked up to suction for at last 5 days. The MD wanted to cap the NG and check "residuals" every so often. MD wanted to see if the pt GI motility was good enough to completely stop suction and remove the tube. After checking the "residual" wouldn't you return the aspirate? Essentially, if you discard it, we won't get a clear picture of pt's motility if we are removing the stomach content. Some nurses were periodically hooking the pt to suction for a minute or two and discarding the drainage. Need some advice.