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One in five chest tube placements/removals goes awry

Key clinical point: Chest tube procedures must often be repeated or adjusted, adding to patient burden and cost.

Major finding: Almost 20% of insertion and removal procedures go wrong.

Study details: Review of procedure outcomes at 14 adult trauma centers (381 procedures, 273 patients).

Disclosures: Dr. West, Dr. Pham, and Dr. Sawyer have no relevant financial disclosures.


West M et al. Clinical Congress 2019 Abstract.