Pleural Procedures

As with all invasive procedures, this should not be attempted by inexperienced staff.

Indications for Accessing Pleural Space

  • Pneumothorax  (± temporizing procedure if under tension)

  • Haemothorax

  • Symptomatic pleural effusion
  • Infected pleural collection


Needle Thoracostomy for Tension Pneumothorax

  • 16G cannula placed in mid clavicular line, 2nd intercostal space

  • Proceed to formal intercostal drain insertion

Page last reviewed: 14 May 2014