Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

FEBRERO 2010 N° 1 Volumen 13

Gastric suction-lavage in the intoxicated patient: current situation

Section: Hands on

How to quote

Fernández Morenatti MA. Experiencia de trabajo en un proceso de hospitalización domiciliaria. Metas de Enferm feb 2010; 13(1): 58-61


1Catalina Perelló Campaner, 2Álvaro García Yeste


1Profesora de Enfermería Médico-Quirúrgica y Atención de Enfermería en Situaciones de Emergencia, Universitat de les Ill

Contact address

Catalina Perelló Campaner. Universidad de las Islas Baleares. Ctra. Valldemosa, km 7,5. 07122 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares.

Contact email: c.perello@uib.es


The gastric suction-lavage technique is a gastric decontamination procedure that is carried out via the nose or mouth in cases of intoxication. There is enormous variability and confusion regarding this procedure in clinical practice, despite the availability of specific recommendations from the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) and the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologist (EAPCCT), making a review of this issue’s current situation necessary.
This article aims to describe the correct performance of the suction-lavage procedure using Faucher’s orogastric tube, the indications and contraindications for its use, as well as potential complications and the nursing professional’s role in monitoring and preventing them.


emergency; Gastric suction-lavage; orogastric tube; Surgical-Medical Nursing

Versión en Español


Aspirado-lavado gástrico en el paciente intoxicado: situación actual