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 chest tube placement course, or tube thoracostomy course, uses an advanced simulator torso to teach traditional chest tube placement along the mid-axillary line. Students will learn what the “pop” feels like when the curved Kelly clamp enters the pleural space. The tube thoracostomy course also 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 Pleur-Evac container for drainage of effusions. Finally, this course covers the recommended procedural sedation for this procedure, how to set up a Pleur-Evac, 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 tube thoracostomy 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, pigtail catheter placement, needle thoracostomy, procedural sedation and ventilator management.
Our chest tube placement 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.
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