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Removal of nasogastric and nasointestinal tube

Removal of the nasogastric or nasointestinal tube from inside the patient.


To remove the tube when the patient no longer needs it, it is obstructed, or in an improper position.


– Tray. – Clamp forceps. – Oral hygiene equipment.


– Waste bag. – Soaker. – 1 Syringe of 50 cc. – Gauze. – Disposable non-sterile gloves. – Oral hygiene material. – Cellulose wipes. – Nursing records.


– Perform hand washing. – Prepare the material. – Preserve the patient’s privacy. – Inform the patient of the procedure and that it may cause nasal discomfort or nausea. – Ask the patient and family to cooperate. – Place the patient in semi-fowler position. – Put on non-sterile gloves. – Place a soaker over the patient’s chest. – Disconnect the tube from the suction system or enteral nutrition equipment. – Introduce 10 cc of air or water through the tube so that it does not contain gastric contents when removed (in pediatric patients 3-5 cc of water). – Remove the fixations of the tube. – Clamp the tube. – Ask the patient to hold his/her breath so that the epiglottis closes. – Gently remove the tube without pause. – Place the tube in the waste bag. – Clean debris adhering to the nose. – Provide material for oral hygiene. – Keep the patient in the semi-fowler position for 30 minutes to prevent aspiration. – Collect material. – Remove gloves. – Wash hands. – Once the catheter has been removed, assess possible gastrointestinal alterations (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal distension, etc.) and inform the physician. – Record in the nursing documentation: the procedure, reason, date and time, incidences, and patient’s response.

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