Background: Standard pleural evacuation devices are not practical for use on the battlefield. A small, portable, easy-to-use handpump (HP) that does not require continuous suction for treating hemopneumothorax would offer a major logistical advantage. In addition, using endotracheal tubes instead of regular pleural tubes would help minimize supplies carried on the battlefield. A swine model of penetrating chest injury was designed to test this concept. Our hypothesis was that an HP would be as effective as the standard of care for the evacuation of a large hemopneumothorax.
- Combat casualty
- Lung injury
- Penetrating chest injury
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine