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Tube Thoracostomy

Tube Thoracostomy is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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  • Indications:
    • Pneumothorax: >3 cm from apex of lung on CXR, more than halfway down the chest wall, or >25% of the volume of the pleural space
      • Can be indicated for a smaller pneumothorax if patient is in respiratory distress or on a mechanical ventilator
    • Large pleural effusions in the setting of respiratory distress or mechanical ventilation
    • Hemothorax
    • Chest trauma, tympani and decreased breath sounds
    • Empyema

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Last updated: May 13, 2010


"Tube Thoracostomy." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534111/all/Tube_Thoracostomy.
Tube Thoracostomy. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534111/all/Tube_Thoracostomy. Accessed April 24, 2019.
Tube Thoracostomy. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534111/all/Tube_Thoracostomy
Tube Thoracostomy [Internet]. In: Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. [cited 2019 April 24]. Available from: https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534111/all/Tube_Thoracostomy.
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