You should be able to:

  • Explain the indications for inserting a chest drain
  • Describe common complications that can occur and techniques for preventing and managing re-expansion pulmonary oedema
  • Understand how to perform the insertion of a chest drain via the Seldinger and surgical techniques safely, the role of ultrasound and how to secure them.
  • Describe the relevant anatomy for chest drain insertion
  • Understand the rationale for using different chest tube and drainage system types
  • Manage a chest drain in situ including troubleshooting common problems
  • Describe the timing of removal of chest drains and a technique to remove them safely