An Intercostal Drainage Catheter is a flexible plastic tube that is inserted through the chest wall and into the pleural space or mediastinum. It is used to remove air in the case of pneumothorax or fluid such as in the case of pleural effusion, blood, chyle, or pus when empyema occurs from the intrathoracic space.
Features of an Intercoastal chest drainage catheter are -
1. The Intercostal Drainage Catheter is an extra soft catheter and is gentle to the body tissues and most suitable for thoracic drainage 2. The distal end is open with super smooth larger eyes to maximize the drainage from the chest 3. Its proximal end is fitted with specially designed tapered tongue to provide excellent forceps grip and non-traumatic insertion 4. The catheter is marked at every 2 cm from the last eye to ascertain the depth of placement 5. It is sterile, double packed in peelable pouch pack 6. These are available in the sizes of 16FG, 20FG, 24FG, 28FG, 32FG, 36FG
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