A client has orders for placing a small-bore nasoenteric tube. Which finding in the health history would prompt the nurse to notify the prescriber before placing tube?

  • small-bowel lesion
  • basilar skull fracture
  • acute coronary syndrome
  • use of diabetic insulin pump
Number 2 is correct.
A history of basilar skull fracture may contraindicate tube placement. Neurological injury can result from intracranial passage of the tube. The other history findings are not indicative of a need to notify the health care provider.