It happens from time to time. Your patient has a hemothorax or pneumothorax and you insert a chest tube. Well done! But then the xray comes back:
The last hole in the drain is outside the chest! What to do???
Here are the questions that need to be answered:
- Pull it out, leave it, or push it in?
- Does length of time the tube has been in make a difference?
- Does BMI matter?
Leave comments below regarding what you do. Hints and final answers next week!
Source: The Trauma Professionals’s Blog