Unclogging a g-tube - page 3

How do you unclog a g-tube? I haven't had a pt with a clogged g-tube in a long time and can't remember what we did to unclog them. It seems like Coke was involved...... Read More

  1. by   MN-Nurse
    Quote from txspadequeenrn
    i have always put coke in my tubes and let it sit there for about 15-30 min...works every time...
    what about diet coke.....and mentos?
  2. by   Altra
    Quote from MN-Nurse
    What about Diet Coke.....and Mentos?


    But ... no. Just no.
  3. by   babysteps25
    I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering what you do if an NG tube won't flush but there is no visible clog in the external part of the tubing, so the clog is in a part of the tube that is in the patient's body. Is there any way to fix that?
  4. by   jadelpn
    Quote from babysteps25
    I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering what you do if an NG tube won't flush but there is no visible clog in the external part of the tubing, so the clog is in a part of the tube that is in the patient's body. Is there any way to fix that?
    You need to check with the MD on that one. G-tubes get clogged from improper flushing (or no flushing). You need to be sure that enough free water is being used, that the meds and the feed is flushed well. If it is clogged somewhere that you can not see, it is a complication that needs to be looked at by the doctor to determine if the tube has become dislodged, crimped somewhere.....could be many things. Look to the MD for direction at this point.
  5. by   turnforthenurse
    Quote from jadelpn
    You need to check with the MD on that one. G-tubes get clogged from improper flushing (or no flushing). You need to be sure that enough free water is being used, that the meds and the feed is flushed well. If it is clogged somewhere that you can not see, it is a complication that needs to be looked at by the doctor to determine if the tube has become dislodged, crimped somewhere.....could be many things. Look to the MD for direction at this point.
    and make sure the meds are well crushed! and make sure you are using crushable meds...no ER/DR preparations or potassium (make sure you get the liquid elixer ordered instead)!

    As for unclogging a tube, Coke works. I had a tube where coke didn't really work, though. I had the help of another RN to hold the tube in place that I wouldn't dislodge it...I had to use a combination of pumping a syringe back and milking the tube to get this huge mass of clogged stuff out of a tube. Flushed like a dream afterwards, though!
  6. by   bubblejet50
    Another trick ive learned is putting coffee down the tube. Works like a charm. My boss told me about this one day and it really did work when coke didnt

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