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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
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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