The nurse is assisting the physician with the removal of a chest tube following the resolution of a pneumothorax. The nurse should instruct the patient to do which of the following during removal?


•The Valsalva maneuver will increase intrathoracic pressure and reduce the risk of air entering the pleural space. Some people may need to plug their nose while performing the maneuver to make it more effective.

•The remaining answer choices are incorrect techniques for the Valsalva maneuver.

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