Thoracentesis is a procedure to aspirate pleural fluid from the pleural space. A diagnostic thoracentesis can be performed to determine the etiology of pleural effusions or to determine if the patient has infected pleural fluid, or a therapeutic thoracentesis can be performed to drain a symptomatic pleural effusion. The thoracentesis course uses advanced ultrasound-compatible simulators and Safe-T-centesis kits to train clinicians how to perform a landmark-guided thoracentesis or an ultrasound-guided thoracentesis. This course also teaches students how to manage thoracentesis complications and how to perform pleural fluid analysis.
The HPC Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures course will teach you how to perform thoracentesis 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), paracentesis, lumbar puncture, chest tube placement, pigtail catheter placement, needle thoracostomy, procedural sedation and ventilator management.
Our thoracentesis course 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.