Wow! I'm new to the ICU: 1.5 years in a MICU. We don't have a lot of chest tubes in my MICU. However, the practice in my ICU is to allow the excess tubing to dangle at bedside. I'm certain that I read that excess tubing should be neatly coiled in the bed, next to the patient. Allowing the tubing to dangle causes increased lung pressures and decreased drainage.
What is the consensus? What is the best practice?