When placing a percutaneous chest tube into a small pneumothorax, it is easy to enter the lung parenchyma instead of the pleural cavity. This not only interferes with the placement of the chest tube, it can cause parenchymal damage, pulmonary contusion and hemorrhage. I have been u
I have come to really like these devices for removing foreign bodies. When combined with an operating otoscope or a nasal speculum, it makes removing most any foreign body a trivial exercise. Give them a try next time instead of reaching for the alligator forceps.
The first emergency dives at the new HCMC Hyperbaric Chamber were conducted successfully this last week. I was able to severe as the attendant for two of the dives, and there are countless patient centered improvements.