Figure 4-6. Rectal tube inserted. A. Rectal tube attached to plastic bag.
B. Tube in place. C. Enlargement of lower colon showing
gas bubbles that will be tapped by rectal tube.
Remove the exam gloves.
Leave the tube in place for 20 minutes or as ordered by the
Remove the tube after the prescribed time.
Wash and dry the anal area.
Position the patient comfortably.
Observe the bag for inflation.
Discard equipment or return it to the appropriate location.
Wash your hands.
Record procedures and report significant observations to the Charge
Time the rectal tube was inserted and removed.
The patient's reaction to the procedure; if he feels less full.
All patient teaching done and the patient's apparent level of