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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

versión On-line ISSN 2078-5135
versión impresa ISSN 0256-9574

SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. vol.99 no.4 Cape Town abr. 2009




Complications of tube thoracostomy for chest trauma



To the Editor: In response to the article by Maritz et al.,1 I would like to draw attention to a poster detailing the key steps of an intercostal drain insertion that was presented at the ASSA-SAGES congress in Sun City in August 2007 (SAMJ, August 2007). The poster was produced by a trauma surgeon dealing with chest trauma in the Cape Flats in conjunction with a local company. The Xpand drain by Sinapi was found to be equivalent to the conventional underwater drain.2 The poster can be ordered at no cost from or by emailing or phoning +27 (0)83 264 8090; it should be made available in the procedure rooms of trauma units.


D Allard

Department of Surgery
G F Jooste Hospital
Manenberg, Cape Town


1. Maritz D, Wallis L, Hardcastle T. Complications of tube thoracostomy for chest trauma. S Afr Med J 2009; 99: 114-117.         [ Links ]

2. Cooper C, Hardcastle T. Xpand chest drain: assessing equivalence to current standard therapy- a randomised controlled trial. S Afr J Surg 2006; 44: 132-135.         [ Links ]

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