You are assisting an advanced practice provider (APP) with the removal of a chest tube. Which of the following nursing interventions is the priority once the APP removes the tube from the chest?


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- Placing an occulsive dressing over the insertion site

- Removing the sutures

- Cleaning the wound with soap and water

- Culturing the insertion site


Sutures are removed prior to discontinuation. The wound itself should not be cleaned with soap and water at that time unless extenuating circumstances are present, which have not been described in the question. Culturing the wound is not necessary unless infection is suspected, which was also not described. After a chest tube is discontinued, placing an occulsive dressing is the priority to seal the

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Management of Care

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