Chest tube management: Past, present, and future directions for developing evidence-based best practices

Kevin W. Lobdell, MD and Daniel T. Engelman, MD  |  February 20, 2021

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In the PAST, traditional practice with eminence-based therapies have led to a wide variation of practice.

PRESENTLY, new technology has emerged, confounders and variables are being addressed. Yet, quality evidence is rare.

This review article surveys what is available regarding chest drain management practices. Scientific gaps, unmet needs, and opportunities for FUTURE research are highlighted.

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