Articles tagged "chest tube"

Ultrasound-guided Tube Thoracostomy Improves Optimal Insertion Site Selection

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

The optimal insertion site for tube thoracostomy is at the mid-axillary line in the triangle of safety. Ultrasound-guided localization of this site performed better than palpation

Does chest tube location or size matter for tube thoracostomy in trauma patients?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

When a chest tube was inserted in a pleural space, secondary interventions were not necessary. Also, there is no significant difference between using a small or large chest tube in the setting of chest trauma.

What Size Catheter Should I Use For Needle Decompression For a Tension Pneumothorax?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Needle decompression catheter should be at least 6.5 cm in length to ensure that 95% of patients would have penetration into the pleural space.