Chest drain insertion


COVID-19: Please note it is taking longer to agree and advertise dates for this course. We will also be restricting delegates from within the Yorkshire region only.

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This half-day course is designed to teach the theoretical and practical skills necessary for the safe insertion of Seldinger type chest drains. It also covers the management of common pleural diseases.


Trust HQ & Education Centre, Pinderfields hospital

Course convenor

Dr J Hogg - Consultant in Acute & Respiratory Medicine



Aimed at

All doctors (FY2+) who are likely to be required to insert chest drains. Trainees in the Yorkshire & the Humber region will be prioritised over external delegates.

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.

Pre-course work

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.

Additional information

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.

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