Respiratory Question #10


The nurse is assessing a client following a thoracentesis and immediately reports which finding to the health care provider?


  1. Crepitus.
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  2. Serous oozing from puncture site.
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  3. Increased temperature to 100.4°
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  4. Diminished breath sounds on the affected side.
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Crepitus following a thoracentesis may be a sign of pneumothorax, and is to be immediately reported. Serous oozing or blood oozing may occur at the affected site, and low-grade temperature and diminished breath sounds may be attributed to another condition or the procedure; however, crepitus is MOST important to report.

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