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.
- Clinician information (including the Guideline)
- Consumer information (pdf document)
- Chest drain (under water seal drain) observation chart (pdf document)
This video is also divided into seven sections, available on the following pages:
Equipment required for pleural drain insertion
Position the patient
Confirm the site for drain insertion
Secure the drain and connections
For more information, questions or comments about the Guideline, please contact:
Manager, Respiratory Network
Phone: +61 2 9464 4625