Figure 4-5. Applying tape to secure NG tube.
As ordered, attach the free end of the tube to the suction machine.
Make sure the machine is plugged in and turned on low
(b) If suction has not been ordered, clamp, plug, or cover the end
of the NG (Levin) tube so that is will not leak gastric contents.
(c) When the patient is allowed out of bed, loosely loop the tubing
in a circle, secure it with adhesive tape, and pin to the patient's gown.
(d) This will help prevent pulling that would be uncomfortable to the
patient as well as tube dislodgement.
Provide for the patient's comfort.
Remove used articles and leave bedside unit neat and tidy.