Tube Thoracostomy Complications in  Patients With ARDS Requiring ECMO: Worse in COVID-19 Patients?

CONCLUSIONS: Tube thoracostomy placement in COVID-19 patients with ARDS requiring V-V ECMO is common, as are complications following initial placement. Clinicians should anticipate the need for re-intervention in this patient population. Small-bore (14Fr and smaller) pigtail catheters appeared to be safe and efficacious in this setting, but further study on tube thoracostomy management in ECMO patients is needed.PMID:38079460 | DOI:10.1093/milmed/usad454
Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research