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Consensus Guideline

Pleural Drains in Adults

Preparation for removal of pleural drain

Both staff should sight the medical order for removal.

Large bore pleural drains require a closing mattress suture for effective wound closure following removal.

Small bore catheters generally only require suture closure strips or an occlusive dressing.

  • Remove the dressing and anchor tape using clinically clean gloves.
  • Prepare sterile field.
  • Prepare occlusive dressing.
  • Discuss the procedure with assistant to ensure a coordinated approach.
  • Perform hand hygiene.
  • Don full PPE (gown, mask, gloves, goggles).