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lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. he had drainage tubes in his lungs. then the nurse took them out. why would the nurse take them out?

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Must ask: You would have to specifically ask the nurse and attending physician/s. There can be multiple reasons to remove tubes and drains. The practices, protocols, and indications will be patient/case and physician specific. Best wishes and hope your father gets well.
Answered on Jun 10, 2016
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Completed usefulness: Chest tubes= thoracostomy tubes drain blood, fluid, lymph, serous fluid, pus or air as common indications. The tubes are usually in the pleural cavity and not in the lungs. Once the issue is resolved, the tubes are removed. Doctors, nurses and other trained professionals can remove them.
Answered on Mar 4, 2013

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