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Chest. 1993 Jun;103(6):1920-1.

Safety of thoracentesis in mechanically ventilated patients.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital-Medical Center, Memphis, Tenn.

Abstract

As practicing intensivists, we frequently diagnose pleural effusions in mechanically ventilated patients and routinely perform thoracentesis even when the patient is on positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP). In light of a recent report, we have reviewed our experience. It is of interest that all thoracenteses were performed with patients in the lateral decubitus position.

PMID:
8404137
DOI:
10.1378/chest.103.6.1920
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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