When patients have tubes and attachments to aid in their recovery, health care providers are required to understand the type, purpose, precautions, complications, and interventions to ensure treatment is effective and to prevent patient harm. Each tube and attachment is unique, and the function of the tube, care of the patient, and safety precautions must be understood. This chapter reviewed many common types of tubes and attachments found in the acute and community setting, and reviewed the care and maintenance of nasogastric tubes, indwelling catheters, ostomies, urostomies, chest tube drainage systems, and tracheostomies.
- Specific guidelines and procedures must be followed when working with tubes and attachments to prevent complications from the device.
- Patients with tubes and attachments are more at risk for infection. Take care to maintain sterility of all tubes and ensure device insertion sites stay dry and intact, and all connection points stay intact.
- Be aware of potential complications of each tube and attachment, and prevention strategies. Regularly assess the patient and the device for complications.
- If unfamiliar with a specific device, review all policies and procedures prior to using the device to prevent harm to the patient.
- Know the purpose, type, and special precautions for all tubes and devices that are used in your agency. Complete all training as required.
Suggested Online Resources
1. ATI Nursing Education: Airway management. This resource provides information and videos on the types of airway management devices, suctioning (open and inline), and endotracheal and tracheostomy care.
2. ATI Nursing Education: Closed chest tube drainage systems. This resource provides information and videos on the types of chest tube drainage systems, how to manage a chest tube, how to manage complications, how to replace a closed chest tube drainage system, and how to change a dressing on a chest tube insertion site.
3. ATI Nursing Education: Nasogastric intubation. This resource provides information and videos on the insertion, care, gastric compression, and removal of an NG tube.
4. ATI Nursing Education: Ostomy care. This resource provides information on caring for an ostomy and urostomy, draining an ostomy, changing a pouching system, and colostomy irrigation.
5. ATI Nursing Education: Urinary catheter care. This resource provides information and videos on the insertion of indwelling and straight catheters, applying a condom catheter, and removing an indwelling catheter.
6. Ostomy Canada Society: Library of ostomy information. This is a resource for individuals and their families living with ostomies. The website contains up-to-date information on ostomy care, research, new items, blogs, events, information about ostomy supplies, support and advocacy groups, healthy living tips, and personal journeys and stories about individuals living with ostomies.
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