A portable handpump is effective in the evacuation of hemothorax in a swine model of penetrating chest injury.

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BACKGROUND Standard pleural evacuation devices are not practical for use on the battlefield. A small, portable, easy-to-use handpump (HP) that does not require continuous suction for treating hemopneumothorax would offer a major logistical advantage. In addition, using endotracheal tubes instead of regular pleural tubes would help minimize supplies carried… (More)

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