Managing Chest Drainage

This self-paced continuing learning activity is designed to provide registered nurses with information about chest drainage. Our goal is for nurses to better understand the physiology and pathophysiology relating to conditions requiring chest drainage. Learning about the safe and effective use of chest drain systems will allow registered nurses to provide high quality care for their patients.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this learning activity, the learner should be able to…

…describe the normal anatomy of the chest

…explain the changes that occur in the thoracic cavity during breathing

…identify abnormal conditions requiring the use of chest drainage

…discuss the features of the traditional three-bottle chest drainage system

…compare and contrast the traditional three-bottle chest drainage system with the self-contained disposable chest drainage units available today

…recognize the steps in setting up a chest drain system

…outline key aspects of caring for a patient requiring chest drainage

…recognize four signs a chest tube can be removed

…summarize the use of autotransfusion with chest drain systems

Successful Completion

To receive a certificate of completion for this activity, participants must register online, successfully complete the online post-test with a minimum score of 70%.  If you fail the post-test, you may repeat it once.