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SYMPOSIUM - ICU & TRAUMA PROCEDURE COMPLICATION
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 160-169

Complications of needle thoracostomy: A comprehensive clinical review


1 Department of Surgery, St Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
2 Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, United States
3 Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, United States
4 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
5 Department of Surgery; Department of Research and Innovation, St Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
6 Cardiothoracic Surgery, Summa Health System and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Akron, Ohio, United States

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, NW2 Administration, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem,18015
Pennsylvania
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.164939

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Needle thoracostomy (NT) is a valuable adjunct in the management of tension pneumothorax (tPTX), a life-threatening condition encountered mainly in trauma and critical care environments. Most commonly, needle thoracostomies are used in the prehospital setting and during acute trauma resuscitation to temporize the affected individuals prior to the placement of definitive tube thoracostomy (TT). Because it is both an invasive and emergent maneuver, NT can be associated with a number of potential complications, some of which may be life-threatening. Due to relatively common use of this procedure, it is important that healthcare providers are familiar, and ready to deal with, potential complications of NT.


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