Validation Study of a Novel Chest Tube Placement Device: Comparison of Procedure Time and Lung Injury Risk Between the JD Hook® Device and Conventional Chest Tube Placement Devices

Jameel Durrani


Background: We tested the operational characteristics of JD Hook® prototype device and compared it to currently available direct chest tube insertion (non-Seldinger) devices in terms of procedure time, safety and risk of lung injury.

Methods: Two commercially chest tube devices including a 28 Fr chest tube with trocars, a 24 Fr chest tube with a Kelly forceps clamp and JD Hook® prototype pleural access device were tested on standard thoracic manikin, for comparative procedure time and risk of lung injury.

Results: JD Hook® pleural access device showed the shortest procedure time with least risk of lung injury compared to conventional access devices. Both results were statistically significant.

Conclusions: JD Hook® device is a safer and faster access device compared to conventional chest tube access devices. Additional studies in animal and cadavers models are needed to validate these results for clinical applications.

J Curr Surg. 2021;11(3):51-56


Chest tube; Pleural access; Pleural drainage catheter; Pleural effusion; Hemothorax; Pneumothorax; Chest wall trauma; Traumatic chest injuries

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