d. Untape the tube from the patient. Take care not to cause injury or discomfort
to the patient. Place the adhesive strips in the container for contaminated waste.
5-21. REMOVE THE NASOGASTRIC TUBE
Follow this procedure:
a. Don sterile gloves.
b. Pull the tube horizontally out of the nostril until the tube is completely out.
Use a slow, gradual, continuous motion and talk quietly to the patient as you pull the
tube out. If the patient vomits, stop the removal of the nasogastric tube immediately.
Hand the patient an emesis basin or place the basin under the patient's chin. Hand the
patient a clean towel or wipe his chin and face with the towel. Continue the procedure
of removing the tube when the patient is ready.
c. Place the soiled equipment (the tube) in the container for contaminated
d. Clean the Mayo stand and tray with a germicidal agent before this equipment
e. Remove the gloves you are wearing and discard them in a container for
f. Place the disposable towel into a container for contaminated waste. Place
the cloth towel in a container for contaminated linen.
The more you practice this procedure, the easier it becomes. Consider your
patient's comfort while performing nasogastric intubation. Remember, even the most
skilled health care providers will have difficulty if a patient has an anatomical