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Practical skills

How to remove a chest drain

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2019
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical learning module is aimed at helping nurses take part in the removal of a chest drain, or tube, in a safe and patient-centred manner. Pain management, clamping to ensure that the patient’s lung will remain re-expanded, the risk of complications such as tension pneumothorax, and pleural effusions are discussed.


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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Elizabeth Allibone, Head of clinical education and training, nursing, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, England.


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