What are the indications and contraindications for anesthesia in a tube thoracostomy?

Updated: Feb 24, 2020
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Systemic analgesia should be used in all conscious patients, unless contraindicated. Contraindications to use of systemic analgesia can include unstable vital signs and patient in extremis.

Procedural sedation and analgesia should be considered, unless contraindicated. For more information, see Procedural Sedation.

Local anesthesia is described in the Technique section. For more information, see Infiltrative Administration of Local Anesthetic Agents.


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