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This self-paced continuing education activity is designed to provide registered nurses with information about chest drainage. Our goal is for nurses to better understand the physiology and pathophysiology relating to conditions requiring chest drainage. Learning about the safe and effective use of chest drain systems will allow registered nurses to provide high quality care for their patients.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this learning activity, the learner should be able to…

…describe the normal anatomy of the chest

…explain the changes that occur in the thoracic cavity during breathing

…identify abnormal conditions requiring the use of chest drainage

…discuss the features of the traditional three-bottle chest drainage system

…compare and contrast the traditional three-bottle chest drainage system with the self-contained disposable chest drainage units available today

…recognize the steps in setting up a chest drain system

…outline key aspects of caring for a patient requiring chest drainage

…recognize four signs a chest tube can be removed

…summarize the use of autotransfusion with chest drain systems

 Continuing Education Approval

This self-paced activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The activity was approved in June 2015. No credit will be awarded after June 30, 2017.

Successful Completion

To receive credit for this activity, participants must register online, successfully complete the online post-test with a minimum score of 70% and submit the online evaluation form. If you fail the post-test, you may repeat it once. Click here to return to the course.

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