British Thoracic Society national pleural procedures audit 2010

C Hooper, NA Maskell

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In this report, we detail the results of the 2010 BTS national pleural procedures audit, to which 58 hospitals covering a collective population of more than 20 million patients contributed data regarding local pleural procedure practice and training policies and the process and complications associated with a total of 824 chest drain insertions. The results highlight a promising increase in the use of real time ultrasound guidance for pleural procedures but also deficiencies in pre-procedure consent practice and a significant rate of avoidable minor complications such as drain fall-out and procedure related pain. Action points for improvement to local pleural procedure practice are suggested.
Translated title of the contributionBritish Thoracic Society national pleural procedures audit 2010
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636 - 637
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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