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Management of pneumothorax differs across Denmark

Ulrik Winning Iepsen1 & Thomas Ringbæk2 From: 1) Centre of Inflammation and Metabolism and Centre for Physical Activity Research, Department of Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet 2) Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Hvidovre Hospital
INTRODUCTION Pneumothorax is a common problem in Denmark. Guidelines recommend insertion of small-bore (≤ 14 Fr) chest tubes or simple needle aspiration in spontaneous pneumothorax. Our objective was to investigate the management of pneumothorax in Danish hospitals. MATERIAL AND METHODS We undertook a questionnaire survey at all Danish acute hospitals enquiring about current practice in the management of pneumothorax. A questionnaire was sent to 35 hospitals in May 2013. After follow-up in September 2013, a total of 32 completed questionnaires were assessed. RESULTS We found that three...
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