Pigtail Catheter Insertion for Pneumothoraxes and Simple Pleural Effusions

While rapid tube thoracostomy is still preferred in an unstable patient, pigtail catheters with Heimlich valves are increasingly preferred to large bore chest tubes in the treatment of pneumothoraxes and simple pleural effusions due to their less traumatic less painful insertion and lower cost. They also offer decreased risk of haemorrhage in anticoagulated patients or those with bleeding diathesis.

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The Emergency Medicine Kenya (EMK) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization registered in Kenya in 2015 that aims to ensure timely, accessible and quality lifesaving emergency care in Kenya.