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1 NUR 232: SKILL 26-2 Assisting with Removal of Chest Tubes

2 Actual removal of a chest tube is most often the function of a physician or health care provider such as a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. If you are to remove a chest tube, this procedure must be part of agency policy & procedure standards & you must be competent in the skill.

3 ASSESSMENT – assisting with removal of chest tubes
You will complete a designated number of removals under the observation of a health care provider Prepare a patient for chest tube removal by assessing the need for pre-removal analgesia, obtaining the required medication orders, and instructing a patient about the process and what will be requested of them. During removal of the chest tube, it is important to instruct a patient to take a deep breath and hold it (Valsalva maneuver) until the tube is removed. This maneuver prevents air from being sucked into the chest as the tube is pulled out and an occlusive dressing is applied.

4 SKILL 26-2: Assisting with Removal of Chest Tubes
ASSESSMENT Assess status of patient’s lung re-expansion Provide health care provider with results of chest x-ray film. Note trend in water-seal fluctuation over last 24 hours. Determine if bubbling is present Pleura of expanded lung seals holes on internal tip of chest tube, halting fluctuation in water seal. Halt in fluctuation for 24 hours indicates that the lung is expanded. When bubbling is present, it usually indicates that the lungs have not fully expanded.

5 ASSESSMENT – CONT’D Confirm that drainage has decreased to less than 100-to-150 mL/day Percuss lungs for resonance (see chapter 6 for this). Auscultate lung sounds Assess patient’s level of comfort using a scale of 0 to 10 and determine when the last analgesic medication was given. Chest tube removal is painful, additional analgesia or breathing exercises are often necessary. Determine patient’s understanding of chest tube removal procedure.

6 ASSESSMENT – CONT’D Do not clamp chest tube before removal. Assess for changes in vital signs, oxygen saturation, chest pain, apprehension and symptoms of tension pneumothorax. Clamping the chest tube before removal to assess the patient’s tolerance is no longer recommended because there is no benefit to the practice. If a chest tube that was continuing to bubble is clamped, a tension pneumothorax may occur. (Briggs, 2010; Hunter, 2008).

7 PLANNING Expected outcomes following completion of procedure:
Lung re-expansion is maintained. Patient doe not experience discomfort Spontaneous healing of chest tube insertion site occurs after removal of tube without infection or other complications. Large, nonporous occlusive dressing at puncture site promotes uncomplicated healing. Explain procedure to the patient As this reduces anxiety and promotes patient cooperation.

8 IMPLEMENTATION Identify patient using two identifiers (i.e., name and birthday or name and account number) according to agency policy. Compare identifiers with information on patient’s identification bracelet Administer prescribed medication for pain relief about 30 minutes before the procedure This reduces discomfort and relaxes the patient. Medication reaches peak effect at time of tube removal. Patients report sensation ranging from pain to pulling when chest tube is removed. Perform hand hygiene and apply clean gloves and face shield if needed. Help patient to a sitting position on the edge of the bed, lying supine or on the side without the chest tubes. Place pad under chest tube site. Health care provider prepares and occlusive dressing of petrolatum-impregnated gauze on a pressure dressing, sets it aside on a sterile field, and applies sterile gloves.

Support patient physically and emotionally while health care provider removes dressing and clip sutures When the patient states that when they know that the tube is being pulled, they can mentally prepare themselves for the procedure. Support from the health care team reduces the patient’s anxiety and promotes cooperation. Healthcare provider asks the patient to perform the Valsalva maneuver (take a deep breath and hold it) or exhale completely and hold it.

Health care provider quickly pulls out the chest tube and tightens and ties purse-string suture if present, after which the patient is instructed to breathe normally. Health care provider applies sterile occlusive dressing over wound and firmly secures it in position with an elastic bandage (Elastoplast) or wide tape. Help patient to upright position supported by pillows. Remove used equipment from the bedside. Disposed in appropriate receptacle. Removed gloves and performed hand hygiene.

11 EVALUATION Auscultate lung sounds – as this helps to confirm lungs remained expanded Palpate skin over area where tube was inserted for subcutaneous emphysema: Subcutaneous emphysema results from entrance of air into a subcutaneous space. It is painful, and as a result, patients may not take full lung expansion. Evaluate for signs of respiratory distress immediately after tube removal and during first few hours after removal.

12 EVALUATION – CONT’D Evaluate patient’s vital signs, oxygen saturation, pulmonary status, and psychological status. Review Chest X-Ray film. Ask about patient’s level of pain or comfort. Observe for nonverbal cues of pain and assess level of discomfort on scale of 0 to 10. This indicates that the wound did not close well. Determines patient’s tolerance of procedure. Check dressing for drainage and patency. When changing dressing, note wound for signs of healing. Ensures occlusion and proper healing of chest wound.

13 UNEXPECTED OUTCOMES – What we don’t want to happen!
Dyspnea and labored respirations noted after chest tube removal; potential recurrence of pneumothorax, hemothorax, or effusion. If this happens: Notify the health care provider immediately. Obtain the patient’s vital signs and oxygen saturation. Stay with the patient Infection is notes at the insertion site.

14 RECORDING & REPORTING Record removal of tube, amount and appearance of drainage in the collection bottle, appearance of wound and dressing, and patient’s response in nurses’ notes and EHR (Electronic Health Records). Record vital signs and respiratory assessment on flow sheet. Record patient teaching and validation of understanding in nurses’ notes and EHR (Electronic Health Records). Report unexpected outcomes to nurse in charge or health care provider.

Instruct patient and family caregiver to immediately report signs of chest pain, shortness of breath, or sensations of chest discomfort. This is the end of the skill Your book has not provided a video for this skill. I have found one for you on you tube, but please remember, I’m not affiliated with the school and while you are more than welcome to watch this video, you must follow the instructions per your school. Here is the link: How To Remove A Chest Tube

In order to pass this skill, like the others, I recommend you go into the Nursing Skills Lab and practice with a fellow nursing student! Good Luck

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