Chest Tube Procedure Note
INDICATION: _ PROCEDURE OPERATOR: _ ATTENDING PHYSICIAN: _ In attendance (Y/N) _ CONSENT: Consent was obtained from _ prior to the procedure. Indications, risks, and benefits were explained at length. PROCEDURE SUMMARY: A time out was performed and after the chest x-ray was reviewed, the appropriate side was confirmed and marked. My hands were washed immediately prior to the procedure. I wore a surgical cap, mask with protective eyewear, sterile gown and sterile gloves throughout the procedure. The patient was prepped and draped in a sterile manner using chlorhexidine scrub after the patient was positioned in the usual fashion. A total of _ ml of 1% lidocaine was used to anesthesize the skin, subcutaneous tissue, superior aspect of the rib periosteum and parietal pleura. A 2 cm incision was then made parallel to the rib in the midaxillary line at the level of the _ rib. The subcutaneous tissue superficial and superior to the rib was dissected bluntly to the level of the pleura. The pleura was then entered bluntly. _ was noted from the pleural space. The disruption in the parietal pleura was expanded bluntly and a finger was inserted and swept carefully in all directions. A _ French chest tube was then inserted using my finger as a guide. The chest tube was directed _ and inserted easily. The chest tube was sutured to the skin at the insertion site, and connected securely with tape to a pleurovac. A sterile occlusive dressing was placed over the insertion site. No immediate complications were noted. A post-procedure chest x-ray is pending at the time of this note. Estimated blood loss is _.