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NG tube and PO meds

by Lilpeanut93 Lilpeanut93 (New) New

I recently had a patient that was receiving 24hr/day feedings through an NG tube. I gave him his PO meds as he was not NPO and able to swallow small pills. A nurse on my floor questioned if I had clamped the NG tube after giving him the meds.

Is this necessary? Does it affect the rate of absorption? I understand clamping the tube if the tube was set to suction, but his was purely for feeding.

only if the pills were meant to be given on an empty stomach.


Specializes in Critical Care. Has 4 years experience.

As the previous poster mentioned you do not need to clamp or hold feedings unless the medications are to be given on an empty stomach.

On a different note, back when I was in nursing school a classmate administered PO meds orally to a patient that had an NGT because he could swallow pills, well the pill got stuck to the NGT on the way down, that was a nightmare. If a patient has an NGT, PEG, or OGT, you bet I'll be crushing and administering them via that route.

applewhitern, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience.

You would only clamp the tube for 30 minutes IF the nasogastric tube was to suction, to allow time to digest the meds instead of having them suctioned back out. I sure hope that other nurse knows that isn't necessary if the n/g tube isn't set to suction.