What is in this woman's mouth? - page 2

I work LTC and we have a resident who is a GT feeder and completely NPO (we have two GT residents who have managed to rehab back to oral feedings but have a bolus if the don't eat much). This... Read More

  1. by   kat911
    Quote from meownsmile
    Even with precautions, true there may be some occasional GERD involved, however my thought is that it may be mucus from the sinuses/nose. Post nasal drip left to dry with mouth breathing can become very thick and sticky quickly and if mouth care isnt consistent and the patient is boardering mild dehydration it would get dried and stuck near the back of the throat. If tissues in the throat/nose are irritated from dryness there could be some slight oozing of blood from capillaries causing the tinge that appears like it could be tube feeding being regurged. Just a thought but another avenue to explore.
    I think you hit the nail on the head. I've seen big clumps of dried mucous stuck to the roof of the nmouth because no one did mouth care for days. Looked like tissue sloughing off the mouth, yeech. Good mouth care of all surfaces of the mouth should help.
  2. by   Bipley
    Mucous plug. Get it out and don't let her choke on it. Congrats to you for looking!
  3. by   Jessy_RN
    At first I was scared to open this thread because of the title, LOL

    Now, I have found it interesting.
  4. by   MadisonsMomRN
    It does sound like tube feeding. I dont know why its doing that though!