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Intrapleural chest drainage: pathophysiology, treatment and nursing care

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This learning module describes the pathophysiology, treatment and nursing care of patients who require intrapleural chest drains. Chest drainage to manage the respiratory distress caused by potentially life-threatening abnormal accumulations of fluid or air between the pleura is discussed, with a focus on patient safety.

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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

Philip Woodrow, Practice development nurse, Critical care, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Canterbury, Kent.


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