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Intercostal Catheters
Intercostal Catheters
Intercostal catheters (chest tubes) are used either for the diagnostic purpose of identifying the cause of a pleural effusion, or therapeutically in order to drain a pneumothorax or pleural effusion.

Identify the Site


The Safe Triangle

    • How to Perform

      Using the pen, mark the area bound by the:
    • Superiorly - base of the axilla
    • Anteriorly - lateral edge of pectoralis major
    • Inferiorly - 5th intercostal space
    • Posteriorly - lateral edge of latissimus dorsi
  • The chest drain is generally inserted into the 5th intercostal space in the midaxillary line.
Last updated on January 1st, 2018