Underwater seal chest drains: the patient's experience
- •Chest drains are routinely inserted during thoracic surgery and to conservatively manage spontaneous pneumothorax.
- •An extensive search of the literature revealed only a small number of highly prescriptive articles to advise the nurse on the specific care needs of this patient group.
- •An exploratory study undertaken with 18 patients drew attention to the persistent discomfort and pain experienced by patients throughout the entire time that the chest drain remained in situ.
- •Most of the patients also experienced short-lasting but intense pain when the chest drain was removed.
- •Patients appeared ill-prepared for their experiences despite opportunities to obtain verbal and written information from staff.