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Use of the Asherman chest seal as a stabilisation device for needle thoracostomy
  1. K Allison1,
  2. K M Porter2,
  3. A M Mason3
  1. 1George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, UK
  2. 2University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust-SellyOak, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr K P Allison, 271 Blossomfiled Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1TA, UK;

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We report the use of the Asherman chest seal as a stabilisation device for needle thoracocentesis in the prehospital environment. Although this piece of equipment has been available for five years, primarily for the prehospital treatment of chest wounds,1 this novel modification of its purpose increases its application to prehospital care. This work was prepared on behalf of the research and developments committee of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


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