A nurse is caring for a 55-year-old patient who needs a thoracentesis after a cancer diagnosis. The nurse stays with the client during the procedure. Which of the following interventions will the nurse employ to assist with this procedure?


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- Instruct the client not to talk during the procedure

- Help the client to lie in the dorsal recumbent position

- Remind the client that he will be under anesthesia throughout the procedure

- Tell the client that the procedure will take approximately 2 hours


Thoracentesis involves placing a needle into the wall of the chest to drain fluid, instill medication, or to take a sample of tissue. During a thoracentesis, the nurse should stay with the client, as he will be awake and may become anxious. The nurse should help the client to lie still while the needle is in place and instruct him not to talk during the procedure.

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