Catheters, Pleural, Tension Pneumothorax

Definition : Catheters designed for percutaneous insertion through the secondary costal space into the pleural cavity for quick extraction of sudden air accumulation. These devices typically consist of a strong needle catheter of a relatively wide diameter (e.g., 14 gauge) and short length (about 3.25 inch/8 cm) and a mechanism for immediate confirmation of appropriate placement; the catheter may be attached to a vacuum source to facilitate the procedure. The catheter may also include a dedicated easy-open case intended to facilitate its removal and handling. Pleural tension pneumothorax catheters are used mainly in emergency situations to facilitate a quick and accurate management of patients with symptoms of tension pneumothorax frequently due to trauma.

Entry Terms : "Chest Decompression Catheters" , "Chest Decompression Needles" , "Tension Pneumothorax Pleural Catheters"

UMDC code : 28233

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North American Rescue (NAR) is dedicated to decreasing preventable death by providing the most effective and highest quality mission critical medical products to our military, federal agencies, civilian law enforcement, EMS and pre-hospital life savers. We design, develop and test these products based on the military's Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines, Rescue Human Factors engineering, evidenced based medicine and an in-depth understanding of the requirements from you – our customers.

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