A client has orders for placing a nasogastric tube. In which position should the nurse place the client for insertion?

  1. low Fowler’s
  2. high Fowler’s
  3. reverse Trendelenburg’s
  4. on the side opposite of the nare used for insertion
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: A high Fowler’s position facilitates insertion of the tube and prevents aspiration should the client vomit. The other positions do not facilitate insertion and greatly increase the risk of pulmonary aspiration.