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Nurs Stand. 1998 Apr 29-May 5;12(32):35-9.

Managing the patient with a chest drain: a review.

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Department of Nursing and Quality, Royal Brompton Hospital, London.


This article describes a preliminary review of the literature on the nursing management of patients with chest drains before pursuing a systematic review of the evidence. Current evidence is patchy and the answers to basic questions are not easily identified. It is clear that further evidence must be gathered and critically appraised before definitive recommendations can be made.

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