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The nurse working in the emergency department learns that a client will be arriving who took an overdose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) a short while ago. The nurse should anticipate that which of the following tubes will be used to evacuate the client's stomach upon arrival?

1. Minnesota
2. Sengstaken-Blakemore
3. Ewald
4. Miller-Abbott


An Ewald tube is a large-bore tube used to evacuate stomach contents rapidly following poisoning or overdose. Minnesota and Sengstaken-Blakemore tubes are used for clients with bleeding esophageal varices. A Miller-Abbot tube is a nasoenteric tube used to decompress the bowel with small bowel obstruction. The core issue of the question is knowledge of the use of various types of drainage tubes. Use nursing knowledge and the process of elimination to make a selection.


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