Hong Kong Med J 2011;17:137-40 | Number 2, April 2011
Minimally invasive chest drain insertion in children
Lilian PY Lee, WK Chiu, HB Chan, Kelvin KW Liu
Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, United Christian Hospital, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
A minimally invasive technique of chest drain insertion using the Mini Step bladeless trocar is described. Thirty-one chest drain insertions were performed with this technique between January 2007 and December 2009. It is a safe, efficient, fast, and easily acquired means of chest drain insertion in children, which has a high success rate and minimal morbidity. Overwhelmingly positive responses were obtained from doctors of all levels who used this technique, which is highly recommended for chest drain insertion in conscious children.
Key words: Chest tubes; Child; Drainage; Pneumothorax; Surgical instruments
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