Prospective randomized trial compares suction versus water seal for air leaks.

@article{Cerfolio2001ProspectiveRT,
  title={Prospective randomized trial compares suction versus water seal for air leaks.},
  author={Robert James Cerfolio and Cheryl Bass and Charles R. Katholi},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2001},
  volume={71 5},
  pages={1613-7}
}
BACKGROUND Surgeons treat air leaks differently. Our goal was to evaluate whether it is better to place chest tubes on suction or water seal for stopping air leaks after pulmonary surgery. A second goal was to evaluate a new classification system for air leaks that we developed. METHODS Patients were prospectively randomized before surgery to receive suction or water seal to their chest tubes on postoperative day (POD) #2. Air leaks were described and quantified daily by a classification… CONTINUE READING