This manual is a step by step guide to performing all currently used diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for pleural disease coverage includes thoracentesis ultrasound guided thoracentesis closed needle pleural biopsy closed chest thoracostomy and an extensive section on thoracoscopy. A guide to performing all currently used diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for pleural disease in 1999 each procedure is described in a format that covers indications contraindications read more. What procedures do doctors use to treat a pleural effusion answer large infected or inflamed pleural effusions often need to be drained to help you feel better and to prevent more problems. pleural procedures guidance for assessing competency in pleural procedures for advanced trainees and specialist nurses page ii foreword pleural procedures that involve the insertion of intercostal catheters into the pleural cavity incur a high risk of adverse outcomes including death a review of 185 adverse incidents related to. Standardized procedure thoracentesis adult 1 i definition a thoracentesis is a surgical puncture of the chest wall to aspirate fluid or air from the pleural cavity a pleural effusion is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the pleural space ii background information
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