What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Chest drains' mean?

Find out what Chest drains means. Chest drains is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans

Chest drains

Chest drains drain blood, fluid, or air from around the lungs thus allowing the lungs to fully expand again. A flexible tube is placed between the ribs and into the space between the inner lining and the outer lining of your lung through a one inch cut in the skin below the armpit. This is called the pleural space. The tube is connected to a bottle or canister and sometimes suction is often used to help it drain. Other times, gravity alone will allow it to drain. A stitch and tape keep the tube in place. After the chest drain is inserted then there will be a chest x-ray to make sure the tube is in the right place. More details about chest drains are in Chapter 5.

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"...Chest drainsomy was not helping. I still couldn’t breathe, so they began to bag me with oxygen. It was decided I needed Chest drains and they were not available anywhere in San Pedro. The doctors told Danilo the only way of saving my life was to take me to Plaza de ..."
"...Chest drainse turned into Plaza de la Salud, a state of the art hospital in Santo Domingo, where they were waiting for me. It was 3.40 in the morning and five hours since I had been shot. They rushed me into the ER but Danilo had to pay the ambulance and ..."
"...Chest drainseer went up from the car park, and the ER filled as everyone came in to see me. I was full of tubes. Two Chest drains, each leading into a demi-john with water in on the floor, a catheter, and drips in both arms containing goodness knows what. I didn't ..."

Chapter 6: Back to normal
"... 2010. Once I returned home life slowly returned to normal. Mum came out to stay for two weeks and was a great help as I was still in a lot of pain, particularly where the Chest drains had been. One morning, in the early sunshine, we sat out on the patio drinking our coffee. “I wonder ..."
"... get your wounds washed for the day.” We got up and went into the bathroom. I still had two large holes under my armpits where the Chest drains went in, which were stitched but needed cleaning twice a day, and I had stitches in the gash across my neck. I went back to Plaza de la Salud ..."

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