Respiratory Question #10
The nurse is assessing a client following a thoracentesis and immediately reports which finding to the health care provider?
- Serous oozing from puncture site.
- Increased temperature to 100.4°
- Diminished breath sounds on the affected side.
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.