Intercostal Drain Insertion (Simple Technique)

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What you'll learn

Intercoastal insertion is one of the commonest procedures in emergency departments performed by emergency care physicians, interns, resident doctors, etc. Although insertion of the intercoastal drain is a common practice in the medical field, inappropriate insertion may lead to complications. It is generally performed in emergency conditions and may cause morbidity and occasional morbidity when not inserted correctly. Intercoastal drain insertion is a common chest tube procedure that assists in draining air, blood, and fluid from the pleural space. read more »»

This is mainly used in cases of collapsed lung, lung infections, hemorrhage of lungs, breathing difficulty, cardiac, and lung surgeries. During intercoastal drain insertion, a hollow plastic tube is inserted between ribs into the pleural space. The tube may be connected to a machine to help with the drainage.

Proper placement of the intercoastal tubes can help in effectively evacuating air, fluid, and blood from the injured part. The use of image guidance such as ultrasonography should be considered in cases when fluid or air cannot be aspirated with a needle at the time of anesthesia and especially for cases of empyema and effusions.

Knowledge of anatomical landmarks, the position of the patient while tube insertion, indications, advantages, disadvantages, contraindications are very important for a health care provider to effectively place the tube in an appropriate position and avoid any unnecessary complications.

This module teaches you how to safely prepare for and perform the insertion of an intercostal drain, using the simple technique. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator enables you to practice and tests your ability to perform the insertion of an intercostal drain.

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners
  • Primary care physicians
  • Undergraduate medical students (Interns)
  • Postgraduate students in medicine
  • Nurses
  • life science graduates

Key concepts covered include:

An overview of

  • Pre-procedure considerations
  • How to infiltrate local anesthetic into the skin and subcutaneous tissues
  • How to practice a skin incision
  • How to secure the drain with a simple suture
  • To visualize the key anatomical structures used during insertion of an intercostal drain procedure, including external landmarks of the muscles, ribs, and pleural space – with our 3D anatomy model

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