Trust HQ & Education Centre, Pinderfields hospital
Dr J Hogg - Consultant in Acute & Respiratory Medicine
All doctors (FY2+) who are likely to be required to insert chest drains.
Content and format
The course includes a lecture and video demonstration of correct drain insertion before candidates are allowed to practice the complete procedure including full asepsis, drain insertion and drain fixation. The emphasis of the course is placed around small group practical sessions in which models are used.
Candidates are supplied with all relevant pre-course materials and will receive personal feedback during the course. There will be a short MCQ assessment based on the pre-course reading materials and the course lectures. These will relate to issues regarding indications for and technical aspects of drain insertion.
Successful candidates will be issued with a certificate confirming attendance and completion of the theory and practical aspects of the course. The certificate will be transferable to other trusts within the region. In addition, there will be a specific DOPS (Direct Observation of Procedural Skill) form completed relating to drain insertion into a model.
The National Patient Safety Agency issued an alert in May 2008 that required chest drains to be inserted only by staff with relevant competencies and adequate supervision. Chest drain insertion remains a core competency for many junior doctors.