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Chest tube drainage system diagram, with parts labeled in A chest drainage system is typically used to collect chest drainage air, blood, effusions. Most commonly, drainage systems use three chambers which are based on the three-bottle system. The first chamber allows fluid that is drained from the chest to be collected. The second chamber functions as a "water seal", which acts as a one way valve allowing gas to escape, but not reenter the chest. Air bubbling through the water seal chamber is usual when the patient coughs or exhales but may indicate, if continual, a pleural or system leak that should be evaluated critically.

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Chest tube drainage system diagram, with parts labeled in A chest drainage system is typically used to collect chest drainage air, blood, effusions. Most commonly, drainage systems use three chambers which are based on the three-bottle system.

The first chamber allows fluid that is drained from the chest to be collected. The second chamber functions as a "water seal", which acts as a one way valve allowing gas to escape, but not reenter the chest. Air bubbling through the water seal chamber is usual when the patient coughs or exhales but may indicate, if continual, a pleural or system leak that should be evaluated critically.

It can also indicate a leak of air from the lung. The third chamber is the suction control chamber. The height of the water in this chamber regulates the negative pressure applied to the system. A gentle bubbling through the water column minimizes evaporation of the fluid and indicates that the suction is being regulated to the height of the water column.

In this way, increased wall suction does not increase the negative pressure of the system. Newer drainage systems eliminate the water seal using a mechanical check-valve, and some also use a mechanical regulator to regulate the suction pressure. Systems which employ both these are dubbed "dry" systems, whereas systems that retain the water seal but use a mechanical regulator are called "wet-dry" systems. Systems which use a water seal and water column regulator are called "wet" systems. Dry systems are advantageous as tip-overs of wet systems can spill and mix with blood, mandating the replacement of the system.

Even newer systems are smaller and more ambulatory so the patient can be sent home for drainage if indicated. An onboard motor is used as vacuum source along with an integrated suction control canister and water seal. These systems monitor the patient and will alert if the measured data are out of range. Due to the digital control of the negative pressure, the system is able to objectively quantify the presence of a pleural or system leak.

Digital drainage systems allow clinicians to mobilize patients early, even for those on continuous suction, which is difficult to accomplish with the traditional water-seal system under suction. This allows the air or fluid to escape from the pleural space, and prevents anything returning to the chest.

Alternatively, the tube can be attached to a flutter valve. This allows patients with pneumothorax to remain more mobile. British Thoracic Society recommends the tube is inserted in an area described as the "safe zone", a region bordered by: the lateral border of pectoralis major, a horizontal line inferior to the axilla, the anterior border of latissimus dorsi and a horizontal line superior to the nipple.

The skin over the area of insertion is first cleansed with antiseptic solution, such as iodine, before sterile drapes are placed around the area. The local anesthetic is injected into the skin and down to the muscle, and after the area is numb a small incision is made in the skin and a passage made through the skin and muscle into the chest. The tube is placed through this passage. If necessary, patients may be given additional analgesics for the procedure.

Once the tube is in place it is sutured to the skin to prevent it falling out and a dressing applied to the area. Once the drain is in place, a chest radiograph will be taken to check the location of the drain.

The tube stays in for as long as there is air or fluid to be removed, or risk of air gathering. Chest tubes can also be placed using a trocar, which is a pointed metallic bar used to guide the tube through the chest wall. This method is less popular due to an increased risk of iatrogenic lung injury. Placement using the Seldinger technique , in which a blunt guidewire is passed through a needle over which the chest tube is then inserted has been described. Postoperative drainage Edit The placement technique for postoperative drainage e.

At the completion of open cardiac procedures, chest tubes are placed through separate stab incisions, typically near the inferior aspect of the sternotomy incision. In some instances multiple drains may be used to evacuate the mediastinal, pericardial, and pleural spaces. The drainage holes are placed inside the patient and the chest tube is passed out through the incision. Once the tube is in place, it is sutured to the skin to prevent movement. First, a y-slit compress is used around the tube.

A bridle rein is recommended to fix the tube to the skin. This tape bridge will prevent the tube from moving backwards and the possibility to cause clogging. It also prevents pain as it reduces tension on the fixation stitch. Alternatively, a large adhesive plaster that functions like a tape bridge may be used.

Manual manipulation, often called milking, stripping, fan folding, or tapping, of chest tubes is commonly performed to clear chest tube obstructions. No conclusive evidence has demonstrated that any of these techniques are more effective than the others, and no method has shown to improve chest tube drainage. According to a consensus of multiple experts in cardiac surgery, anesthesia and critical care in the ERAS Guidelines for Perioperative Care recommends active clearance of chest tubes to prevent retained blood and other complications.

Makeshift efforts such as open chest tube clearing that involves breaking the sterile environment separating the chest tube from the drainage canister tubing to suction it out should not be performed Class III, A. Genuine Works of Hippocrates. Sydenham Society. J Med Sci.

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Traditional methods involved a 3-bottle drainage system that was prone to accidental disconnections and blockages. Fortunately, such modalities have been largely replaced by commercially produced, disposable plastic multifunction units that fit into a single box; these systems offer improved efficacy with effective drainage, accurate fluid loss measurement, and assistance in detecting air leaks. Despite such advances, the ineffective placement of chest tubes is, unfortunately, common and is associated with significant complications in many individuals who undergo the procedure. To meet the educational needs of clinicians involved in the management of patients receiving a chest drainage procedure, this activity will provide an in-depth review of the normal anatomy of the thorax and the physiology or respiration as well as a description of the pathologies that may warrant the need for pleural space drainage. Traditional and new-generation chest drainage systems will be compared and trouble-shooting tips for improving the care of patients undergoing chest drainage will be presented. Maximum Credits 1.

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