Posted: July 11th, 2017

The nurse caring for a client with a pneumothorax and who has had a chest tube inserted notes continuous gentle bubbling in the suction control chamber. What action is most appropriate of the nurse?

The nurse caring for a client with a pneumothorax and who has had a chest tube inserted notes continuous gentle bubbling in the suction control chamber. What action is most appropriate of the nurse?

A. Increase the suction pressure so that the bubbling becomes vigorous.
B. Do nothing since this is an expected finding.
C. Immediately clamp the chest tube and notify the physician.
D. Check for an air leak because the bubbling should be intermittent.

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