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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

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