Insertion of a chest drain: how to do it

Br J Hosp Med. 1997 Sep 17-30;58(6):248-52.


Drainage of the pleural space with a chest drain is a commonly required procedure, but complications are common, and management of the drain is often unsatisfactory. This article aims to give guidance on avoiding complications by safe technique and resolving any subsequent problems.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chest Tubes*
  • Drainage
  • Humans
  • Thoracic Injuries / etiology
  • Thoracostomy / adverse effects
  • Thoracostomy / methods*