Chest Tubes 101

Chest tube COVER PHOTO (1)
18
Mar

Contact Hours: 4

Chest tube placement is common procedure in many hospitals, yet nurses consistently rank them as one of the most overwhelming drains to care for. A malfunction in a chest tube can be deadly for a patient in a matter of seconds. Many hospitals have recognized them as a common source of error and patient harm.

For these reasons it is imperative that nurses understand how chest tubes function and how to care for them. In this course we will discuss the anatomy, indications, and care of chest tubes.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. What Is a Chest Tube?
  3. Current Practice
  4. Indications for Chest Tube Placement
  5. Patient Considerations
  6. Potential Complications
  7. Where Are Chest Tubes Placed?
  8. Chest Tube Drainage Systems
  9. Nurse Roles and Responsibilities: How to Manage Chest Tubes
  10. Chest Tube Troubleshooting: When to Call the Doctor
  11. Summary
  12. References (Bibliography)

More Course Information

In this course we will discuss the anatomy, indications, care, and troubleshooting of chest tubes.

Author: Meghan Jenkins

Learner Objectives: By the end of the course the learner shall be able to:

  1. Identify the relevant anatomy and indications for chest tube placement.

  2. Understand the basics of the procedure and different type of chest tubes.

  3. Explain the care of chest tubes including basic troubleshooting.

This course will take the average learner 200 minutes to complete and awards 4 contact hours of continuing education.

Target Audience:

Registered Nurses (RN)

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

Requirement for completion:

Successful completion of all modules (course content, test, and evaluation).

Course Offering # 8

Continuing Education Provider Approval # 7-0090

Expiration: December 21, 2021

Nursing CE Central is an approved provider of continuing education per the KBN.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson Time: 15 days

Instructor

Meghan Jenkins, MSN, APRN

Meghan is an acute care nurse practitioner with an extensive work history within the Intervention Radiology department. She is a graduate of Middle State University and is currently practicing with an interventional radiology group in Nashville, TN.

Free

In this course we will discuss the anatomy, indications, care, and troubleshooting of chest tubes.