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Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e318213f5bc
Procedures & Techniques

A Simple Device to Teach Tube Thoracostomy

Ching, Jessica A. MD; Wachtel, Thomas L. MD, MMM

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Background: Chest tube insertion is an important component of medical and surgical education. This article reports a cost-effective and easily reproducible method for hands-on education of tube thoracostomy placement.

Methods: A wood base is constructed, and a large rack of ribs are secured to simulate the thorax. Partially inflated examination gloves and bagels are used to simulate the lung and diaphragm, respectively.

Results: A life-like, cost-efficient thoracostomy model is created allowing for proficiency training in chest tube insertion. According to Advanced Trauma Life Support criteria, 123 military personnel were satisfactory, 4 remedial, and 7 instructor potential using the described model.

Conclusions: We have developed a simple, inexpensive training device for insertion of chest tubes and tested it on 134 military personnel.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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