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The nurse is caring for a client who has a chest tube. Upon assessment, the nurse notes that there is continuous bubbling of water in the suction container of the chest tube but very little if any bubbling in the water seal chamber. Which is the nurse's best action at this time?

▸ Contact respiratory therapy for immediate assistance.

▸ Reposition the client to the affected side.

▸ Auscultate the client's lungs, paying close attention to the area near the chest tube.

▸ Wait 15 minutes and reassess the client.
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Auscultate the client's lungs, paying close attention to the area near the chest tube.

Auscultation of the client's lungs should be the nurse's first action because the nurse needs to know if there continues to be lack of air movement (tube is blocked) or possible healing of air leak before contacting the healthcare provider.

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