Chest Drainage Device

What is a chest drainage device?

The chest drainage device includes a chest tube and a chest drainage unit. A chest tube is placed to remove air or fluid from around a patient's lung. The chest drainage unit is attached to the chest tube by elastic tubing that allows the air or fluid to drain. The chest drainage unit may be seen attached to the patient's bed or resting on the floor next to the patient's bed. Fluid draining from the chest will be seen in the chest drainage unit. Some chest drainage units have a chamber that bubbles constantly.

When is a chest drainage unit used?

A chest drainage unit is used when the patient has a chest tube in place.

Does use of a chest drainage unit hurt?

The use of a chest drainage unit does not hurt.

How long is a chest drainage device used?

A chest drainage device is used as long as the patient needs a chest tube.

Are there any potential complications associated with use of a chest drainage device?

Chest drainage units are very reliable and rarely have problems. The chest drainage unit needs to be changed when the chambers fill with fluid.

Chest tube coming from left side of chest and connecting to the tubing of the chest drainage device A chest drainage unit, made by Atrium