Contact my friend Dr. Wolfgang Oertel at [log in to unmask]
He's an anesthesiologist in Germany and frequently responds to
prehospital emergencies; and places chest tubes (as does almost all German
EMS Physician Field Responders) prn.
[log in to unmask] writes:
>How do people feel about using chest drains pre-hospital?
>In some places they just do a thoracostomy, make sure the hole is a
>and don't put the drain in until they reach hospital. I don't know if
>in more complications such as the thoracostomy hole closing off en route,
>from the wound site, infection etc but it certainly saves time and means
>have less equipment to worry about in a speeding, crowded ambulance.