Implementation of a user-friendly protocol for interpretation of air-leaks and management of intercostal chest drains after thoracic surgery

Antonio E. Martin-Ucar, Eliseo Passera, Roger Vaughan, Gaetano Rocco

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Abstract

We prospectively audited the implementation of a protocol for management of air-leaks and intercostal drains after thoracic surgical procedures. Out of the 99 patients who underwent thoracic surgical procedures during a 3-month period, 41 presented a postoperative air-leak on day 1. The protocol was strictly followed in 95% of the cases. The median drainage-time and hospital-stay were 3 and 4 days, respectively. The incidence of insertion of postoperative drains was 3%. Most of the nursing staff found the protocol user-friendly and easy to apply. A protocol for the management of postoperative air-leaks and intercostal drains can be implemented with high-compliance low complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

Keywords

  • Chest drains
  • Clinical pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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