Gastrointestinal Question #6
The nurse is caring for a client with small bowel obstruction and is preparing to insert a Levine nasogastric tube for stomach decompression. Which intervention is most important during nasogastric insertion?
- Feedings will begin only after residual is checked.
- The client should be placed in high Fowler’s position.
- The client should hold the tube in place with one hand while nurse is securing.
- Measurements of the tube are from top of the stomach, around back of ear, ending at the nose tip.
The Client should be placed in a high Fowler’s position. Residual is not checked since this is a Levine tube for decompression, nor should they have the responsibility of holding the tube. The tube is not measured from the top of the stomach ending at the nose.