Open Pleural Drainage Periprocedural Care

Updated: Feb 08, 2022
  • Author: Doraid Jarrar, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Patient Education and Consent

Some patients live with a thoracic window for years or for the rest of their lives. They need to understand the importance of daily dressing changes and adjusting their lifestyle for this new routine. Good family support is also important because many spouses and domestic partners actively participate in the management of these patients.



A major thoracotomy tray with various-sized rib spreaders should be available. In addition, periosteal elevators, such as the Matson, Coryllos, and Alexander, and various-sized rib cutters should be available.


Monitoring & Follow-up

The wound must be regularly inspected to ensure adequate drainage of the pleural space. Thoracic window obliteration should also be observed.