Respiratory Question #30


The nurse is assisting the health care provider with a thoracentesis for a client with empyema. The nurse will plan to have which precaution available at the bedside during the procedure?


  1. A chest tube insertion kit.
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  2. An intubation kit.
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  3. Standby ventilator.
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  4. Morphine.
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The most important precaution for a thoracenteses is the availability of a chest tube. Empyema will present with purulent type thick fluid with the needle aspiration and may require a chest tube to drain the purulent effusion. The question stem does not indicate that the client was unstable, so intubation and ventilator are not priority. Morphine is not indicated for the procedure.

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