Chest tube selection in cardiac and thoracic surgery: a survey of chest tube-related complications and their management.

@article{Shalli2009ChestTS,
  title={Chest tube selection in cardiac and thoracic surgery: a survey of chest tube-related complications and their management.},
  author={Shanaz Shalli and Diyar Saeed and Kiyotaka Fukamachi and Alan Marc Gillinov and William E. Cohn and Louis P Perrault and Edward M. Boyle},
  journal={Journal of cardiac surgery},
  year={2009},
  volume={24 5},
  pages={503-9}
}
BACKGROUND Blood accumulating inside chest cavities can lead to serious complications if it is not drained properly. Because life-threatening conditions can result from chest tube occlusion after thoracic surgery, large-bore tubes are generally employed to optimize patency. AIMS The aim of this study was to better define problems with current paradigms for chest drainage. MATERIALS AND METHODS A survey was conducted of North American cardiothoracic surgeons and specialty cardiac surgery… CONTINUE READING