Assessment and management of patients with pleural effusions
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Assessment and management of patients with pleural effusions

Liz Allibone Nurse teacher, Department of Nursing Development and Quality, Royal Brompton Hospital, London

This article provides an overview of the assessment and management of patients with pleural effusions. A pleural effusion is an excessive accumulation of fluid between the layers of the pleura and is a common problem caused by a variety of mechanisms and diseases.

Nursing Standard. 20, 22, 55-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.02.20.22.55.c4064

Correspondence

E.Allibone@rbht.nhs.uk.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review