Pneumothorax – Medical ones

To drain or not to drain – that is the question (Follow the BTS algorithm).This is not for Tension!

Suggestion: Large pneumothorax consider placing a Seldinger drain instead of needle aspiration.

  • Its small and no more painful
  • Measure volume removed (counting 50ml syringes)
  • Turn off while awaiting CXR
  • Drained enough – can remove
  • Not enough – can then connect to seal and open

(second stabbing removed)

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