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While caring for a patient who has an NG tube in place, what needs to be done?

A) Find out if the tube is to be reconnected to suction and if so, what is the amount of pressure?
B) Take care not to dislodge the tube.
D) Explain any procedures the patient may bee to have done.


An alert patient whose swallowing reflex is intact is placed into what position in preparation for suctioning?



What are two points to remember when caring for a patient with a new tracheostomy in place?

He or she will be anxious and unable to speak.


When caring for a patient who has a chest tube with water-sealed drainage, what must be remembered?

The water seal must be maintained at all times.


Signs and symptoms that indicate a patient needs to be suctioned are:

A) Audible rattling and gurgling sounds from the patient’s throat
C) Breathing with difficulty
D) Profuse vomiting in a patient who cannot voluntary change positions


When caring for a patient who has a tissue drain in place:

Prevent tension on the drain and use surgical aseptic technique if in direct contact with the drain.


When disconnecting a sump gastric tube (a tube with a double lumen):

Clamp the tube with a regular clamp and then place sterile gauze over each end.


List 2 types of NG tubes that will be commonly seen in the radiography department.

sump tubes


Name two types of mechanical ventilators and state which type is most commonly used.

positive pressure - most common
negative pressure


Describe why a chest radiograph is taken when a patient has been intubated

to ensure that endotracheal tubes have been placed correctly to allow both lungs to expand

If the tube is too high, air might go into the stomach, causing distention. If the tube is too low it may go into the right lung, causing the left lung to collapse