You are orienting a new graduate nurse on your cardiopulmonary nursing unit. Which of the follow actions by the new graduate nurser requires intervention?

 

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- Clamping the chest tube

- Straightening the tubing of the chest tube

- Assessing for tidaling

- Placing the drainage system below the level of the chest

Rationale

Clamping the tube of a chest tube creates increased pressure and puts the patient at risk for tension pneumothorax. This is only done in very specific circumstances, and often by an advanced practice provider. All other interventions are appropriate.

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