Articles tagged "pneumothorax"

Safety of Draining Patients Dry During Large Volume Thoracentesis

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

A historical myth in procedural medicine is the operator should limit removal of pleural fluid to 1.5 L during thoracentesis because of the risk of re-expansion pulmonary edema or pneumothorax. New evidence supports safety of large volume thoracentesis until no fluid remains.

Optimal Location for Needle Decompression For A Tension Pneumothorax

by Hospital Procedures Consultants

Traditionally, needle decompression for the emergent treatment of a tension pneumothorax is the second intercostal space in the mid-clavicular line. This remains an option for needle insertion when you are treating a tension pneumothorax.