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8. A chest tube inserted to relieve a pneumothorax is usually inserted: At the 7 th & 8 th inter

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8. A chest tube inserted to relieve a pneumothorax is usually inserted:

At the 7th & 8th intercostal space
In the 2nd – 4th intercostal space, midclavicular line
Wherever the doctor feels is should go related to the injury
Low in the chest because that’s where all of the air is

 

9. What are the five assessments a nurse should perform when caring for a patient with a chest tube?

 

 

10. Name three things to check on the drainage system.

 

 

11. What is subcutaneous emphysema?

It is a common complication that occurs in patients with chest tubes
It is the presence of air under the skin around the chest tube site
It causes the patient to have difficulty breathing
An infection of the chest tube insertion site

 

 

12. When documenting on your patient with a chest tube, what should you include?

Amount and appearance of drainage
Presence or absence of air leaks and presence of subcutaneous emphysema
Condition of the dressing, presence of suture, and the patients breath sounds
All of the above

 

13. When should a chest tube dressing be changed?

As per doctors order or PRN
Every three days
Twice per day
There should be no need to change the dressing

 

 

14. What should you do if you are changing the dressing and the chest tube accidentally comes out?

 

 

 

 

15. What interventions do you perform if the tubing comes apart?

SCIENCE
HEALTH SCIENCE
NURSING
IEPN 224

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