March 26: Breathe Easy: Chest Tubes In The Acute Care Patient


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

0900 PT | 1000 MT/SK | 1100 CT | 1200 ET | 1300 AT

120 minutes including a Q&A

• A certificate of completion
• The live webinar event if registering prior to commencement
• The on-demand recording to watch at your convenience
• A handout in PDF format for viewing or self-printing

See below for the outline, speaker biography, and more.

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At the end of this session,  participants will be able to:
• Describe the anatomy and physiology of the thoracic cavity.
• Understand the indications, purpose, and function of a chest tube.
• Review the different types of chest tubes and drainage systems including monitoring and maintenance.
• Address common complications and troubleshooting.
• Explore recent innovations and advances in chest tubes.

Many nurses find caring for a patient with chest tubes intimidating. Chest tubes and their accompanying under-water sealed drainage system are designed to allow air or fluid to be removed from the pleural cavity. Although they can save lives, chest tubes can pose significant risks unless assessed and managed properly. Once you understand the basics and how to minimize the risks associated with unanticipated events, complications and poor management, you can be confident when caring for patients with chest tubes. Join our expert Holly Feist, RN, BN, MN, ACCN, who will review the indications and functions of chest tubes;  the different types of chest tubes and drainage systems, including monitoring and maintenance; complications and troubleshooting; and will discuss some recent innovations and advances in chest tubes.

Who Should Attend?:
• Nurses in all Adult Acute Care, Emergency, Respiratory  and Complex Care Settings
•  Nurses in Specialized Medical – Surgical Settings, Surgical Suite and PACU Settings; and Special Procedures Areas
•  New RN’s, LPN’s  or Students or those planning employment in the above settings
•  RRT’s and Chest Physiotherapists
•  Health Care and Nursing Educators, Specialists, clinicians and Managers from the above settings

Holly Feist, RN, BN, MN, ACCN is currently an Assistant Professor and Course Coordinator in the Advanced Studies for Critical Care Nursing (ACCN) Program – Emergency Stream at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Holly has worked in emergency and intensive care units and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the PICU at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She continues to pick up shifts in those settings. Holly’s graduate studies focused on educating acute care nurses about the phenomena of urgency in relation to rapid response systems (RRS). She was instrumental in piloting the first documented introduction of an RRS that responds to ED calls and she has presented on this topic globally. In her spare time Holly enjoys reading, making handmade cards, walking her adorable dogs, playing with her nephew and travelling the globe.  Holly enjoys engaging with others about their experiences in the ER and ICU and you are invited to contact her at