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Chest Tube Care
This paper explores the nursing care of patients with a chest tube.
# 99885 | 1,011 words | 4 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 05, 2007 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper discusses the insertion of a chest tube that is used for spontaneous pneumothorax, a common clinical problem involving air in the pleural space, between the lung and chest wall. The paper explores the goals of nursing regarding this procedure, which include pain management, prevention of complications and health teaching for the patient and family.

From the Paper:

"Insertion of a chest tube is used for spontaneous pneumothorax, which is a somewhat common clinical problem involving air in the pleural space, or air between the lung and chest wall. Traumatic pneumothorax is rare and results from injury to the chest. In either case, if excess fluid or air accumulates in the pleural space, the patient will experience shortness of breath and increased respiratory rate and effort. A chest tube inserted into the pleural space will drain the air or excess fluid and relieve respiratory distress Coughlin & Parchinsky, 2006). "Nursing care includes preventing complications, resolving the pneumothorax, managing pain, and educating the patient and family" (Roman & Weinstein, 2003, p. 161)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carroll, P. & Herking, D. (1991). What's new in chest-tube management. American Journal of Nursing, 54 (5), 34-41.
  • Coughlin, A. & Parchinsky, C. (2006). Go with the flow of chest tube therapy. Nursing2006, 36 (3), 36-41.
  • Hanlon, M. & Lochbaum, L. (2001). Patient with a chest tube and Heimlich valve. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 28 (6), 314-316.
  • Roman, M. & Weinstein, A. (2003). Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax. MEDSURG Nursing, 12 (3), 161-169.

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