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Insertion and management of chest drains

VOL: 96, ISSUE: 37, PAGE NO: 3Sarah Avery, RGN, is a ward manager, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS TrustChest drains are used to manage various thoracic conditions by safely removing air (pneumothorax) or liquid (haemothorax, pleural effusion) from the pleural cavity, preventing it from being reintroduced and enabling the lungs to expand (Welch, 1993).

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