By the end of this program, the viewer should be able to:

  • Describe the basic physiology of chest tubes and pleural vacuum.
  • List the basic equipment associated with chest drainage systems.
  • Describe the aspects of "normal operation/expectations" for chest drainage systems.
  • Recognize and troubleshoot common problems, such as disconnection, blockage, and leakage 


1 contact hour California Board of Registered Nursing 

1.0 Category A CE Credit (ASRT)

Target Audience

The course objectives specifically target nurses, nurse practitioners, hospital education coordinators, patient education directors, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and paramedics. Other medical personnel may also benefit from viewing this program.