Management of intercostal drains

Br J Hosp Med. 1991 Jun;45(6):383-6.


Intercostal tubes are inserted to treat several intrathoracic calamities. As these conditions may present to any hospital specialty, every doctor should be capable of placing a drain successfully. Equal importance must be attached to the subsequent care of the drain. This report outlines the correct procedure for managing intercostal drains and describes the complications that may occur.

MeSH terms

  • Chest Tubes*
  • Drainage / standards*
  • Foreign-Body Migration / etiology
  • Hemothorax / therapy
  • Humans
  • Pneumothorax / therapy
  • Postoperative Care
  • Thoracic Injuries / therapy