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Consensus Guideline

Pleural Drains in Adults

The Pleural Drains in Adults - A Consensus Guideline has been developed with the aim to improve the care provided to adult patients with a pleural drain in NSW acute hospital facilities. The recommendations contained within this document may also be suitable for older adolescents requiring pleural drain insertion.

The guideline describes aspects of clinical care, clinician skills and processes within a facility that if followed will reduce the risks associated with the insertion of pleural drains (non-emergency), ongoing management, trouble shooting and removal of pleural drains in adult patients.

This video is also divided into seven sections, available on the following pages:

Part 1: Equipment set up

Part 1: Equipment set up

Equipment required for pleural drain insertion

Part 3: Locating an appropriate insertion site

Part 3: Locating an appropriate insertion site

Confirm the site for drain insertion

Part 6: Suture and samples

Part 6: Suture and samples

Seldinger technique

Part 7: Dressing

Part 7: Dressing

Secure the drain and connections


For more information, questions or comments about the Guideline, please contact:

Cecily Barrack
Manager, Respiratory Network
Phone: +61 2 9464 4625
Email: cecily.barrack@aci.health.nsw.gov.au