Routine Care for a Chest Drain on a Respiratory Ward – ICST

National Welsh Standard

Routine Care for a Chest Drain on a Respiratory Ward

Following a national patient safety agency enquiry, which found severe harm and unnecessary deaths associated with the insertion of a chest drain, standards for the insertion of a chest drain have improved greatly across the country with detailed guidance. As important as its safe insertion, is the safe routine care of a chest drain. Without continuous monitoring and proactive management, the patient can experience serious adverse events.

The aim of this National Welsh Standard is to provide some simple steps to the safe routine care of a chest drain, while a patient is admitted to a respiratory ward.

Tutorials

Step 1: Checking the patency and integrity of the chest drain

Step 2: Use of the 3-way tap

Step 3: Checking for blockages and flushing the circuit

Step 4: Replacing the bottle and tubing

Step 5: Assessing the chest drain dressing

Assessments

Routine Care for a Chest Drain on a Respiratory Ward

40-minute case-based assessment

20 multiple choice questions

80% pass mark (16 out of 20)

Unlimited retakes

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