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Consensus Guideline

Pleural Drains in Adults

Equipment for removal of pleural drain

  • Dressing pack.
  • Gauze squares x 6.
  • 0.9% saline for skin cleansing.
  • Skin closure strips (if no mattress/anchoring suture).
  • Scissors to release locking mechanism of a small bore catheter (as applicable).
  • Suture cutter.
  • Occlusive dressing.
  • Plastic backed protective sheet.
  • PPE (clinically clean gloves for removal of dressing, impervious gown/plastic apron, eye protection, mask).
  • Sterile gloves are required for MO or RN removing the pleural drain and for the RN tying the suture or applying steri-strips and dressing.