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Chest Drains in the Emergency Department Audit

Study Overview
Study Chest Drain in the Emergency Department Audit (CHEDA) is a multicentre study that aims to better understand our practice at inserting chest drains in the ED. We wish to quantify our complication rate and better understand which complications are most commonly encountered from ED inserted chest drains
Data     The target population are patients who underwent a chest drain insertion in the ED for any reason. The data to be collected is patient data relevant to chest drain insertion (not limited to indication for drain, type and size of drain and experience of the doctor who inserted the drain).   The data will be collected prospectively from time of drain insertion. Data will be collected at time of drain insertion and again a week later to capture any delayed onset complications    
Benefits It is felt that patients who undergo chest drain insertion in the emergency department will encounter complications at a higher then desired rate. We wish to demonstrate if this is indeed the case. We hope to identify any common contributing factors that may lead to a higher complication rate which may inform a quality improvement project and ultimately improve patient safety
Results The results will be published in a relevant journal accessible to those who work in emergency medicine. The results will also be presented at national meetings, such as IAEM  
Time Lines At present site leads in EDs across Ireland are working hard to secure ethics at their individual hospitals. We hope that in May 2022 this study will have ethical approval at the majority of participating EDs. We anticipate that the study collection period will last between 3 – 6 months.   We aim to submit this study for publication in early 2023

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