This is a real situation that I encountered, see if you can figure it out.
A patient had
empyema. He has had a chest tube in for some time. He has gone home with the tube and is now back.
All this time the tube is open to air
At home his wife flushed it with N/S and now we are flushing the cavity with N/S and all the time the patient is conversing with us and experiencing no pain.
Why has his lungs not collasped?
Since no one has tried to guess, or even comment I'm not sure if anyone is interested/curious about the answer.
Last edit by Agnus on Jan 3, '02
Please, go to general discussion forum. You will now find this same thread. With the discussion and answers. I posted there after I realized that no one was looking at it here.
Last edit by Agnus on Feb 17, '02