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Placement challenge: chest drains

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What would you do in this situation?

As a student nurse one of your patients accidentally pulls out his chest drain. After informing your mentor, they ask you what you would do first for this patient?

 

Expert response:

You would seal the incision site with a sterile dressing as soon as possible. You would then inform the patient’s medical team who would request a chest x-ray. You would then explain to the patient (and carer if present) that a new drain may be needed depending upon the outcome of the chest x-ray.

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