Tape it up: scientific experiment testing the best taping method for intercostal chest drains

This study was designed to determine the most secure method of affixing a chest drain to patients’ skin using a tape (tape used was Sleek tape). Tape is a common type of fixation method for a chest drain but there is no scientific study testing the success rates of different methods. This study aims to fill in this gap in research. Literature review provides a suggestion from BTS (British Thoracic Society) that a ‘mesentery method’ should be used.3 Note that this project deliberately excluded the most common methods of securing chest drain, that is, suture. This was due to designed reduction in confounding bias and testing each material separately. This was a laboratory-based comparison study. As no human or animal models...
Source: Emergency Medicine Journal - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Research letter Source Type: research