Pleural effusions are defined as a buildup of excess fluid between the pleura and it can occur as a consequence of a wide variety of conditions. In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The two types of pleural fluid
  • Risk factors for pleural effusion
  • Complications of pleural effusion
  • Signs and symptoms of pleural effusion
  • Priority assessments
  • How pleural effusions are identified and what lab tests are conducted
  • Treatments for pleural effusion
  • Important patient education

To review chest tube management, listen to episode 124.

To dive deep into respiratory assessment, listen to episode 237.

Read the article about pleural effusions and view references here.

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