Chest Procedures

The HPC Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures course will teach you how to perform chest procedures in addition to endotracheal intubationstylet-guided intubationslaryngeal mask airway (LMA) placementKing tube placement, or fiberoptic intubationscentral venous accessultrasound-guided central line placement, ultrasound-guided peripheral IV accessarterial lines, POCUS exams (RUSH exams and E-FAST exams), paracentesislumbar puncturespigtail catheter placementneedle thoracostomy, procedural sedation, and ventilator management.

Our chest tube procedures training is a component of our live Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME course which teaches clinicians how to perform the 20 most essential procedures needed to work in the ER, ICU, and hospital wards.

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  • Indications for thoracentesis
  • Contraindications for thoracentesis
  • Complications of thoracentesis
  • Equipment for thoracentesis
  • Proper positioning and technique for thoracentesis
  • Ultrasound-guidance for thoracentesis
  • Pleural fluid analysis
  • Coding for thoracentesis

Chest Tube Placement (Tube Thoracostomy)

  • Indications for chest tube placement
  • Contraindications for chest tube placement
  • Complications of chest tube placement
  • Equipment for chest tube placement
  • Proper positioning and technique for chest tube placement
  • Suturing chest tubes in place
  • Ultrasound evaluation for pneumothorax
  • Wayne pneumothorax evacuation catheter placement
  • Needle decompression for tension pneumothorax
  • Management of the persistent air leak
  • Management of parapneumonic effusions
  • Discontinuation of chest tubes
  • Coding for chest tube placement

Chest procedures course covers chest tubes, tube thoracostomy, chest procedures, needle decompression, thoracentesis, ultrasound-guided thoracentesis, and pleural fluid analysis.

Tube Thoracostomy Skills Labs

Needle Decompression for Tension Pneumothorax Lab

Thoracentesis Lab

 Chest Tube Suturing lab

Register HERE 21 days before the course to SAVE $50-150 and get the following:

  1. 12 month online access to Online CME course, procedure video bundle, instructional posters
  2. Indefinite online access to PDFs of all course lectures, course handouts, and HPC Adult Critical Care and Emergency Drug Reference Drug