indicates leak in the chest tube system
excessive bubbling in water seal chamber
indicates there is suction
gentle bubbling in the suction control chamber
absence of bubbling in the suction control chamber is only okay with what?
dry suction system
when do you notify physician about the drainage
if over 70-100 ml/hr or turns bright red or increases suddenly
what do you want in the water seal chamber?
fluctuation of fluid(stops if obstructed, if a dependent loop exists, if the suction is not working properly, or if the lung has re-expanded)
notify if continuous bubbling.. intermittent with pneumothorax
what do you do if chest tube pulled out of chest?
pinch the skin opening together, apply an occlusive sterile dressing, cover the dressing with overlapping pieces of tape and call the physician immediately