Modernizing Your ICU Chest Tube Patency Protocol?

How Leading Hospitals are Developing Protocols to Proactively Maintain Chest Tube Patency after Heart Surgery:  Improving outcomes and reducing hospital costs is a continual effort in modern healthcare. For heart surgery patients, a good place to start is by focusing on something that is common to nearly all recovering patients. All cardiac surgery patients have some degree of post-operative bleeding and chest tubes are required to evacuate this blood from the pleural and/or pericardial spaces in all patients.1,2Chest tube clogging, which has been found to occur in 36% of heart surgery patients, can cause blood to be retained around the heart and lungs, which can lead to Retained Blood Syndrome (RBS).3,4Chest tube