Managing Pleural Effusions: Nursing Care of Patients With a Tenckhoff Catheter

Susan J. Walker

Gina Bryden

CJON 2010, 14(1), 59-64. DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.59-64

Malignant pleural effusions result from advanced metastatic disease and can have a devastating effect on patients and their families. The insertion of a tunneled pleural catheter, such as a Tenckhoff catheter, is a treatment option for this patient population. Nurses play a significant role during the patient's journey with the disease process, providing the skills necessary to promote self-care and autonomy, resulting in improved quality of life. In this article, the authors discuss the nursing care of patients who have a Tenckhoff catheter.

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