DRAIN, THORACIC, sterile, s.u., CH28


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The product is supplied (and stored) sterile, it must remain sterile until its use. Sterile = state of being free from all living microorganisms.
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A0601010401 - Thoracic drainages (straight and angled)
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A sterile flexible tube intended for percutaneous introduction into the pleural for intermittent or long-term drainage. It is designed to be connected to a pleural cavity suction (drainage) system. The thoracic drain comes without trocar.


Quality standards

ISO 20697, 2018, edition 1, (confirmed 2023) Sterile drainage catheters and accessory devices for single use

Technical specifications

  • tubular drain in PVC (may contain phthalates-DEHP) or silicone
  • straight
  • open distal end
  • perforated: atraumatic lateral eyes
  • radio-opaque
  • depth markings after side eyes: every 2 cm or at 5cm and 10cm
  • proximal end: PVC or ABS standard connection
  • length: 25 to 50 cm
  • sterile, for single use

Packaging & Labelling

Sterile double package: inner pouch in plastic film and external pouch in peel-open pack

(Cf Introduction: Packaging and labelling)

Instructions for use

Each drain must be ordered with 1 non-return valve + 2 drainage bottles + 1 silicone tube + 1 biconical connector (see related articles below)

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  • Store below 30°C
  • Protect from sunlight ‐ Protect from humidity

MSF requirements

Required for the thoracic drainage system recommended by MSF. The choice has been made to supply the thoracic drain without trocar for safety reasons.

It is preferable to order separate thoracic drains with a non return-valve, draining bottles, silicone tubing and biconal connectors than to order the complete thoracic drainage set. The complete set is expensive and only reserved for emergency situations.

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