The Chest Tube!
Chest tubes are great. They can overcome all kinds of obstructions in the chest - air (pneumothorax), blood (hemothorax), air and blood (hemo-pneumothroax), and even pus (empyema). We will be focusing on the anatomy and management of these systems in this blog (by request of a reader). This will be a no nonsense approach to managing the chest tube. Let's start with a few DO NOT items.