Real-time ultrasound-guided thoracentesis in the intensive care unit

Project Details


Pleural effusion is a frequent finding in the intensive care unit, it can condition hypoxemia and alteration in lung mechanics. Drainage with chest tubes and thoracentesis based on anatomical repairs and auscultation have a high rate of complications. The use of ultrasound to perform thoracentesis significantly decreases the incidence of complications, this study reports a series of cases of patients in intensive care who underwent ultrasound-guided thoracentesis in real time.
Effective start/end date15/07/1915/07/20

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Thoracentesis
  • Ultrasound
  • Complications
  • Intensive Care


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