Open Chest Drain Insertion
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Mark the planned insertion site on the skin: at the level of the nipple (5th intercostal space) just anterior to the midaxillary line.

Tube insertion site

The commonly recommended insertion site is within the so-called “safe triangle,” a space bounded by the latissimus dorsi, the pectoralis major muscle, the axilla and a horizontal line joining the nipples. This has been marked on the patient’s skin in the film.

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