The nurse is caring for a patient with a right pleural effusion that needs to be treated. Which of the following items should the nurse have available for immediate use by the physician?


•Thoracentesis is used to drain the fluid in the pleural space in a patient with a significant pleural effusion.

•Intubation is not indicated at this time.

•The nurse can perform the ABG.

•Paracentesis is used to remove fluid from an abdominal effusion.

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