How to Place a Trocar-Style Thoracostomy Chest Tube in a Dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

June 2024

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Nancy Zimmerman, MS, CCRT, DACVS (with help from Dr. Jennifer Mahon, DACVECC too!) demonstrates how to place a trocar-style thoracostomy chest tube in a dog. This procedure requires heavy sedation or general anesthesia, sterile technique, and appropriate equipment (including scrub material, drape, scalpel, suture, Carmalt and mosquito forceps [or the equivalent], 3-way stopcock, adaptors, transparent film dressing, bandage material, etc.). This video, filmed at the Oquendo Center of the Viticus Group, demonstrates a procedure that emergency veterinarians must feel comfortable performing in the emergent/critically ill patient with a severe pneumothorax.

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