A nurse is caring for a patient who has decreased mobility and who uses a nasogastric tube for feedings. Which intervention would the nurse employ to reduce the risk of aspiration in this patient?

 

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- Administer the nasogastric formula slowly and avoid bolus feedings

- Maintain the head of the bed at a 15-degree angle

- Administer a sedative medication just prior to giving the formula

- Assess for tube placement every 8 hours

Rationale

A patient who has a nasogastric tube is at increased risk of aspiration of the tube contents into the lungs. The nurse should ensure the patients gag reflex is working and that she administers the formula slowly enough through the tube to prevent reflux of the medication back into the esophagus for potential aspiration.

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