Thoracentesis Course

Thoracentesis is a procedure to aspirate pleural fluid from the pleural space.  A diagnostic thoracentesis can be performed to determine the etiology of pleural effusions or to determine if the patient has infected pleural fluid, or a therapeutic thoracentesis can be performed to drain a symptomatic pleural effusion.  The thoracentesis course uses advanced ultrasound-compatible simulators and Saf-T-centesis kits to train clinicians how to perform a landmark-guided thoracentesis or an ultrasound-guided thoracentesis.  This course also teaches students how to manage thoracentesis complications and how to perform pleural fluid analysis.

Our thoracentesis training is a component of our live Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME course which teaches clinicians how to perform the 20 most essential procedures needed to work in the ER, ICU, and hospital wards.

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Thoracentesis Course

Thoracentesis Lab Photos

Thoracentesis Video

Thoracentesis Video


Thoracentesis Course trains students in:


  • Indications for a Thoracentesis
  • Contraindications for a Thoracentesis
  • Complications of a Thoracentesis
  • Equipment for a Thoracentesis
  • Proper positioning and technique for a Thoracentesis
  • Ultrasound-guided Thoracentesis
  • Thoracentesis troubleshooting
  • Pleural fluid analysis
  • Coding for a Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis Photos

Thoracentesis Reference Card

Thoracentesis Reference Card

Thoracentesis Reference Card

Thoracentesis Blogs

Emergency Department Intubations Are Increasingly Successful

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

First-pass ED intubation success increased from 80% in 2002 to 86% in 2012, with concomitant increases in the use of video laryngoscopy and rocuronium.

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.

Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME Courses Available

Register HERE 21 days before the course to SAVE $50-150 and get the following:

  1. 12 month online access to Online CME course, procedure video bundle, instructional posters
  2. Indefinite online access to PDFs of all course lectures, course handouts, and HPC Adult Critical Care and Emergency Drug Reference Drug