Prompt remove of chest tubes by RNs has allowed earlier and more aggressive ambulation of our patients and, along with other interventions, has decreased length of stay by 1.5 days while improving quality of care. Proper education, both didactic and clinical, is the key component in preparing RNs to safely and effectively perform this procedure.
Articles| February 01 1997
Chest tube removal after cardiac surgery
Crit Care Nurse (1997) 17 (1): 34-38.
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SC Thomson, S Wells, M Maxwell; Chest tube removal after cardiac surgery. Crit Care Nurse 1 February 1997; 17 (1): 34–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn19184.108.40.206
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