THORACOSTOMY (CHEST TUBE) PLACEMENT
A time-out was completed verifying correct patient, procedure, site, positioning, and special equipment if applicable. The patient was positioned appropriately for chest tube placement. The patient’s <right/left> chest was prepped and draped in sterile fashion. 1% Lidocaine was used to anesthetize the surrounding skin area. A <2 cm> skin incision was made in the mid-axillary line at the inframammarycrease. Utilizing blunt dissection a subcutaneous tunnel was created cephalad just adjacent to the superior rib. The pleural space was entered bluntly and gush of <air/blood> was observed. A finger was inserted into the pleural space to check for anatomy and guide tube insertion. A <36F/40F> thoracostomy tube was inserted using a Kelly clamp and positioned appropriately. The chest tube was sutured securely to the skin and a sterile dressing applied. A pleurevac was attached to the chest tube and a chest x-ray obtained. <Attending/Resident> was present for the entire procedure.
Estimated Blood Loss: <____>
The patient tolerated the procedure well and there were no complications.
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