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A case of a retained drain tip following intercostal drain insertion: avoiding a 'never event'.

Oswald, Nicola K and Abdelaziz, Mahmoud and Rajesh, Pala B and Steyn, Richard S (2016) A case of a retained drain tip following intercostal drain insertion: avoiding a 'never event'. Journal of surgical case reports, 2016 (4). pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

Pleural effusions are commonly drained with Seldinger intercostal drains. One uncommon but serious risk of drain insertion is that of a foreign body being retained in the pleural cavity following removal. We report a case in which the tip of the drain was retained in the pleural space following difficult insertion of a Seldinger intercostal drain in a district general hospital. Prompt recognition and clear patient communication are important at the occurrence of an unusual complication. Surgical removal of the foreign body was performed following transfer. We report this case to raise awareness that insertion and withdrawal of drains over the guidewire during insertion may damage the drain and highlight the need for doctors who insert chest drains to perform a count of instruments during ward or clinic-based procedures as well as those performed in theatres. We now include removable parts of chest drains in our theatre instrument count.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WO Surgery
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Thoracic Surgery
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Depositing User: Miss Adele Creak
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 11:15
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 11:15
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1221

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