I'm a nursing student and a PCA and one of my pts. with a chest tube after a thoracotomy told me that the doctor just came in and said that they had an air leak and the tube would have to stay in a little longer. They then asked me what an air leak was and where it was coming from. I started to answer then realized I didn't know if the air leak was coming from the outside and entering the pleural space or if it was coming from the lungs. I assume it's the latter, an opening from the lungs into the pleural space, but I'm not sure. Can someone explain it to me or give me a good resource on it? Thanks,
Jun 5, '07
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
check out notes on icu nursing : chest tubes 4/6/04
easy to understand info for novice nurses ...and those that need refresher.
rita359 gave good advice: anytime patient asks you something and are unsure/have not been taught yet in nursing school, inform them that you will have their nurse answer the question.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 5, '07