NCLEX RN Practice Question #713

NCLEX Examination.

Practice Question # 713.


NCLEX Examination.


Checking in on chest tubes:

Caring for a client with a chest tube is a common subject on the NCLEX. Here are some typical nursing actions regarding chest tubes, beginning when the chest tube is in place:


  • First, have the client take several deep breaths to fully inflate his lungs and help push pleural air out through the tube.
  • Next, palpate his chest around the tube for subcutaneous emphysema and notify the physician of any increase.
  • Routinely assess the function of the chest tube. Describe and record the amount of drainage on the intake and output sheet.

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