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Principles for inserting and managing chest drains

VOL: 101, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 45Liz Allibone, BSc, RGN, Cert Health Promotion, is nurse teacher, Department of Nursing Development and Quality, Royal Brompton Hospital, LondonThe insertion of a chest drain can be a frightening procedure for patients. Liz Allibone explains the technique of inserting a drain, the nurse’s responsibilities when managing these patients, and emphasises the importance of explaining the process to them and their need for analgesia.

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