Equipment

These days, most hospitals have presterilized chest tube insertion kits available for use. You should be familiar with the kits at your institution before you are required to use one in an emergency situation. The key materials typically included in these kits are:

  • CSR, wrap
  • #10 scalpel
  • 13x19 inch drape (2)
  • 22-gauge needle (2)
  • #0 suture
  • Crile forceps (2)
  • needle holders (2)
  • non-absorbent towel (4)
  • 4"x4" gauze (10)
  • 10mL syringe (2)
  • 25-gauge needle (1)
  • bag (1)
  • Rochester-Pean forcep (2)
  • cup (2)
  • sponge forcep (1)
  • 18-gauge needle (1)
  • tray (1)
  • dressing scissors (1)
  • tissue forcep (1)

Other equipment you will need includes:

  • equipment for universal precautions: gloves, gown, mask and cap
  • chest tube of appropriate size
  • a commercially available pleural drainage system should be ready for connection after the chest tube is inserted with sterile water for water seal
  • local anesthetic
  • adhesive tape- cloth backed
  • hard plastic serrated connectors (only for chest tubes <24Fr, connectors for 24Fr or greater are included in the pleurevac system)