Pleural procedures and patient safety: a national BTS audit of practice

Clare E Hooper, Sally A Welham, Nick A Maskell, British Thoracic Society

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The BTS pleural procedures audit collected data over a 2-month period in June and July 2011. In contrast with the 2010 audit, which focussed simply on chest drain insertions, data on all pleural aspirations and local anaesthetic thoracoscopy (LAT) was also collected. Ninety hospitals submitted data, covering a patient population of 33 million. Twenty-one per cent of centres ran a specialist pleural disease clinic, 71% had a nominated chest drain safety lead, and 20% had thoracic surgery on site. Additionally, one-third of centres had a physician-led LAT service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-91
Number of pages3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Chest Tubes
  • Great Britain
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Medical Audit
  • Paracentesis
  • Patient Safety
  • Pleural Cavity
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Societies, Medical
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional

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