Outcomes of chest drain management using only air leak (without fluid) criteria for removal after general thoracic surgery—a drainology study

Ashiq Abdul Khader, Aina Pons, Abigail Palmares, Sarah Booth, Alexander Smith, Chiara Proli, Paulo De Sousa and Eric Lim  |  July 10, 2023

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Chest drain management is a variable aspect of postoperative care in thoracic surgery, with different opinion for air and drain volume output. The results of our study demonstrate acceptable levels of safety using digital assessment of air leak as the sole criteria for drain removal in selected patients after general thoracic surgery. 

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