Hi- just wondering if anyone can help/enlighten me.
I am a HH nurse and have taken care of many patients with pleurx drains, so I am very comfortable with the use of them as well as possible side effects/complications/expectations for the patients during.
So, one of my patients had the drain placed in the LLL earlier this week, Friday was our first time draining in the home. Towards the end of the draining she suddenly screamed out in severe pain, abdominal cramping. Coughing, chest pain, etc is what I've seen, never abdominal cramping. I clamped her and we waited for it to subside, restarted very slowly but it came back immediately and as severe so we ended it.
I called the surgeon to inform and sought out a rationale, the NP said it was normal but was brushing over it when I asked why that would happen.
Can anyone enlighten me? Has anyone else seen this occur? My patient was in agony.