Rural Emergency Medicine Simulation Training and Resource - British Columbia

Updated January 2022

This page will cover the basics of chest tube insertion, both in the trauma/resuscitation setting as well as the elective setting.
There are several 'techniques' for chest tube insertion and various nuances with each. 
Click below for the Power Point.
(NB:Best viewed in 'Slide Show' format, as videos will only play in Slide Show)

The link below is to an article from the Lancet and is a great discussion on when and whether
we should be using chest tubes for pneumothoraces. 

Below are the videos presented on chest tube and pigtail insertion.

The videos below show how to set up a Pleur-evac drain system.
Although this is often done by the nurse prior to chest tube insertion,
it is something that all doctors should really be familiar