Which of the following is an advantage of a dry-suction chest drainage system?
a. Lower levels of suction pressure
b. Variable bubbling, which indicates proper functioning
c. A steady bubbling sound, which indicates proper functioning
d. Higher levels of suction pressure
Correct answer: d. Advantages of dry suction system include higher levels of suction pressure, easier set-up, quieter operation (no bubbling sound), and more constant pressure because no water is lost to evaporation.
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