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Pneumothorax, Chest Drain, and Commercial Air Travel

Bruno Minotti, C Pulver, P Schaub, Robert Sieber, Dieter Von Ow & P Leskow

abstract We report a case of a previously healthy 54-year-old patient who sustained a small traumatic hemopneumothorax (10% by the Collins formula1) and multiple rib fractures after a biking accident while on vacation. The patient was initially treated conservatively and then had a chest drain with Heimlich valve inserted a week later to allow him to fly home unaccompanied on a long-distance commercial flight. No complications were reported. We discuss the need for chest drain with Heimlich valve in such cases.
   
citation Minotti B, Pulver C, Schaub P, Sieber R, von Ow D, Leskow P. Pneumothorax, Chest Drain, and Commercial Air Travel. Annals of emergency medicine 2019; 73:551-552.
   
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 25-4-2019
journal title Annals of emergency medicine (73/5)
publisher Elsevier (Oxford, United Kingdom)
ISSN print 0196-0644
pages 551-552
DOI 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.01.010
link https://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(19)30010-1/fulltext
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