You are a first year RN who has been working in intensive care unit for the past six months. Today you are caring for a post-operative patient admitted from theater following thoracic surgery. The patient has the following: indwelling urinary catheter, an intravenous analgesic infusion, oxygen therapy, a central venous line for fluids and antibiotics, two wound drains and an underwater seal drain that is vented to the air and is currently swinging on inspiration.
You know it is going to be a busy late shift. There are two third year ... More