Posted: July 11th, 2017

The nurse is handling a client with a chest tube. Suddenly, the chest drainage system is accidentally disconnected, what is the most appropriate action for the nurse to take?

The nurse is handling a client with a chest tube. Suddenly, the chest drainage system is accidentally disconnected, what is the most appropriate action for the nurse to take?

A. Secure the chest tube using a tape.
B. Clamp the chest tube immediately.
C. Place the end of the chest tube in a container of normal sterile saline.
D. Apply an occlusive dressing and notify the physician.

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