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A nurse is caring for a client who required chest tube insertion for a pneumothorax. To assess for pneumothorax resolution, the nurse can anticipate that the client will require _________.
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A. Monitoring of arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2). B. Arterial blood gas (ABG) studies. C. Chest auscultation. D. A chest X-ray.
A chest x-ray.-rationale: chest x-ray confirms diagnosis by revealing air or fluid in the pleural space. sao2 values may initially decrease with a pneumothorax but typically return to normal within 24 hours. abg studies may show hypoxemia, possibly with respiratory acidosis and hypercapnia not related to a pneumothorax. chest auscultation will determine overall lung status, but its difficult to determine if the chest has reexpanded sufficiently.client needs category: physiological integrityclient needs subcategory: reduction of risk potentialcognitive level: analysisreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 1633.