Blood pleurodesis: thoracotomy patients and air leaks.

@article{Myrick2012BloodPT,
  title={Blood pleurodesis: thoracotomy patients and air leaks.},
  author={Jane A Myrick},
  journal={Medsurg nursing : official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses},
  year={2012},
  volume={21 4},
  pages={
          246-7
        }
}
  • Jane A Myrick
  • Published in
    Medsurg nursing : official journal of the Academy…
    2012
D evelopment of an air leak is not an unusual occurrence for a patient with a thoracotomy (Cerfolio & Bryant, 2008). However, air leaks that persist for more than 5 days increase hospital length of stay (LOS), risk of infection, and cost of care. Limited treatment options are available currently for patients with persistent air leaks. One treatment form, blood pleurodesis, requires nurses to give careful attention to preparing and assisting a patient. A Medline search ranging from 1948 to 2009… CONTINUE READING

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