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 a procedure that drains the accumulated fluid in the pleural space. Typically this is done under ultrasound guidance but can also be done without. Informed consent needs to be obtained prior to the procedure.

•Intubation is not indicated at this time.

•If ordered, the nurse or respiratory therapist can collect ABGs.  This is not a priority for a pleural effusion.

•Paracentesis is used to remove fluid from the peritoneum.

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