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Patient-Induced Complications of a Heimlich Flutter Valve

Helen L. Crocker; Richard E. Ruffin
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From the Department of Thoracic Medicine, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville, South Australia


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;113(3):838-839. doi:10.1378/chest.113.3.838
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Abstract

Heimlich flutter valves have gained widespread acceptance in the treatment of pneumothorax. However, some features of their design may predispose them to inadvertent misuse. A case of tension pneumothorax is described which resulted from the insertion of a drinking straw into the Heimlich flutter valve assembly.


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