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Chest drain insertion 

Chest drain insertion
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Chest drain insertion
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10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0052
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date: 14 October 2019

Drain types 312

Indications for drain insertion 313

Insertion technique 314

Although chest drains are used frequently, it should be remembered that there is a significant morbidity and even mortality associated with chest drain insertion. Complications increase with inexperienced operators, and the procedure must be undertaken or supervised by clinicians with experience in drain insertion. Chest drains are sometimes unnecessarily inserted (e.g. primary spontaneous pneumothorax), and careful thought should be given to the indication in each case....

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