Discharge Instructions: Your Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube)
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Discharge Instructions: Your Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube)

You have been discharged with a nasogastric tube, or NG tube. The NG tube was put through your nose and into your stomach. It gives you food, fluids, and medicine. 

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as directed.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these:

  • A tube that is dislodged from the nose

  • Coughing or trouble breathing

  • Clogged tube

  • A tube that is breaking down or cracked

  • Vomiting

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C), or as directed by your provider

Call 911

Call 911 if you have any of these:

  • Bloody or coffee-colored drainage from the tube

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Choking

  • Blood or drainage that looks like coffee grounds

Online Medical Reviewer: Jen Lehrer MD
Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Ronald Karlin MD
Date Last Reviewed: 6/1/2019
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