Managing Patients with Chest Tubes

Managing Patients with Chest Tubes 

Chest tube placement and maintenance can not only be stressful for a patient and their family, but also for the nursing staff. A thorough understanding of the principles surrounding chest tube placement and maintenance allows the nurse to properly manage the patient with a chest tube, resulting in better patient outcomes and satisfaction with care. Furthermore, it is vital to understand the risks, complications, and need for emotional support before, during, and after this procedure. This course is intended to equip nurses with the knowledge needed to safely manage patients before, during, and after chest tube placement; and to properly operate chest tube drainage systems, including troubleshooting.

$15.00

Hours: 1.25
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Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (7 Match)

West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS


American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.25 HOURS


Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing

1.2 HOURS


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.20 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS


Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

South Carolina Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS


This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-[Custom_Code]

Course Details

Course Code: REL-AC-0-MANAGEPATIENT3
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe thoracic anatomy and physiology relative to the use of chest tubes.
Identify pathological conditions requiring chest tube placement.
Identify the functions of single-chamber, 2-chamber, and 3-chamber chest drainage systems.
Discuss risk factors and potential complications before, during, and after chest tube placement.
Describe the proper techniques for chest tube management.

Outline:

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Thoracic Anatomy and Physiology

Chest Anatomy

The Physics of Gas

Mechanics of Breathing

Review

Summary

Section 3: Chest Tubes: Purpose and Indications for Use

Purpose of Chest Tubes

Clinical Indications

Review

Summary

Section 4: Chest Tube Placement, Selection, and Drainage Systems

Thoracostomy

Chest Tube Selection

Patient Positioning

Chest Tube Insertion

Water-seal Drainage Systems

Chest Tube Drainage Units

Dry Suction Systems

Review

Summary

Section 5: Management Principles

Potential Complications Associated with Chest Tubes

Patient Assessment

Assessing Air Leaks

Tidaling

High Negative Pressure Safety Features

Intrathoracic Pressure

Drainage

Monitoring and Managing the Chest Drainage Unit

Changing a Chest Drainage Unit

Chest Tube Removal

Review

Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

Resources

References

Congratulations!


Instructor: Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN
Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN brings 10 years of clinical and educational experience in the fields of critical care, emergency and aviation medicine. Serving as Program Director of Flight & Critical Care Nursing Education, she has created original comprehensive educational courses as well as has contributed to best-selling publications. An active member of the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), she has been revered as a resource and mentor to many clinicians serving in these specialties. Fulfilling roles as a registered nurse, ECMO specialist, director and clinical educator, Kristen brings a unique and original perspective to the realm of medical education. Disclosure: Kristen Ponichtera BSN, RN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has extensive experience across a wide spectrum of healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR staff and charge nurse; Director of School Health Services/school nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection control practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist; and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as a SME writer, she provided healthcare learning and development consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University.  Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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Accommodations
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