Kantonsspital St.Gallen

Chest drains: purse string suture 4.0

Stephanie Rauch & André E Dutly

abstract There are many discussions about the technique of removal of chest drains. In our hospital, we have used an intracutaneous suture technique with non-absorbable suture material for the purse-string suture for a few years now. Thus the cosmetic results improved considerably. Nevertheless, the thread has to be removed after 10-14 days. To further improve patient comfort we developed a purse-string suture technique using an absorbable barbed suture. We noticed better cosmetic results and less painfull drain removal. Furthermore, there is no more need for a stitch removal which reduces material costs and also pain.
citation Rauch S, Dutly A E. Chest drains: purse string suture 4.0. Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2020;.
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 11-02-2020
journal title Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg
ISSN electronic 1863-6713
PubMed 32048146
DOI 10.1007/s11748-020-01314-5