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A nursing aid finds out there is a puddle of tube feeding on a patient’s floor while their nasogastric (NG) tube is sitting beside the patient, who’s calmly watching TV. The nursing assistant should:

A Turn off the tube feeding and report the NG tube dislodgement to the nurse right away.

The nursing assistant should prevent further mess by turning off the tube feeding and notify the nurse. The patient is not in distress so checking vitals is unnecessary. Everything can be cleaned up when the nurse has been notified and assessed the case.