Chest tube placement, or tube thoracostomy, is indicated for the treatment of a pneumothorax, hemothorax, empyema, complicated parapneumonic effusions, or to aid in performing a pleurodesis. The pigtail catheter placement course, or Wayne pneumothorax evacuation course, uses an advanced simulator torso to teach traditional wire-directed pigtail catheter placement along the mid-clavicular line. Students will learn how to use the Seldinger technique to place a chest tube into the pleural space. This course teaches students how to place a Pigtail catheter that can be attached to a Heimlich valve for treatment of a simple pneumothorax or connected to a three compartment chest tube drainage system for drainage of effusions. Finally, this course covers the recommended procedural sedation for this procedure, how to set up a chest tube drainage system, how to manage a persistent pneumothorax, a persistent air leak, and other chest tube complications should they occur.
The HPC Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures course will teach you how to perform pigtail catheter placement in addition to endotracheal intubation, stylet-guided intubations, laryngeal mask airway (LMA) placement, King tube placement, or fiberoptic intubations. central venous access, ultrasound-guided central line placement, ultrasound-guided peripheral IV access, arterial lines, POCUS exams (E-FAST exams, RUSH exams), thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, needle thoracostomy, procedural sedation.and ventilator management.
Our pigtail catheter 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.