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Shortness of Breath

The art and science of pleural drainage in contemporary practice

Mini-Review, 51 - 55
doi: 10.11138/sob/2016.5.2.051
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Chest tube thoracostomy is the standard procedure with which to drain pleural fluid, or release air, from the pleural cavity. Whether used in an emergency care setting for the management of chest trauma, or in the treatment of non-acute pleural disease, the success
of this procedure depends on multiple factors.
These include the physician’s clinical skills and experience, adequate indications for the procedure, and the precise technique used. Although considered to be a simple procedure, numerous complications have been reported following its use, some life threatening. In this paper we will provide a short review of the contemporary practice and knowledge of this technique, and make recommendations for its safer and more efficacious use.