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Treatment of Open Pneumothorax Prior to Chest Tube Insertion: Clinical Evidence and Guidelines

Last updated: December 11, 2018
Project Number: RA0994-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical evidence for interventions to treat open pneumothorax prior to chest tube insertion (tube thoracostomy)?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of open pneumothorax prior to chest tube insertion (tube thoracostomy)?

Key Message

One evidence-based guideline was identified regarding the treatment of open pneumothorax prior to chest tube insertion. No clinical evidence was identified for interventions to treat open pneumothorax prior to chest tube insertion.