Reviewed by Clinical Guidelines Committee
February 2012
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See also the radiology pages on air leak syndromes


  • This document details the policies and recommended best practices of air leak syndromes and chest drain management in Newborn Services.
  • Applies to all Nurses in Newborn Services caring for babies requiring chest drain management.
Associated Documents Type Document Title(s)
Newborn Services
  • All policies/RBP associated with the care/treatment of baby while in Newborn Services
  • Askin D (1997).  Acute respiratory care of the neonate.  Complications of positive pressure ventilation (6, p139-143).
  • Cates LA (2009). Pigtail Catheters Used in the Treatment of Pneumothoraces in the Neonate. Advances in Neonatal Care (9,1 p7-16)
  • Litmanovitz I, Carlo WA (2008). Expectant Mangaement of Pneumothorax in Ventilated Neonates. Pediatrics. Vol. 122 No. 5 November 2008, pp. e975-e979
  • Roberts JS, Bratton SL, Brogan TV. (1998). Efficacy and Complications ofPercutaneous Pigtail Catheters for Thoracostomy in Pediatric Patients. Chest 114;1116-1121
  • Molloy EJ, Walsh MC (2009). Comparison of pigtail percutaneous versus traditional chest tube thoracotomy for pneumothorax drainage in neonates. Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.(Vol.2 No. 4 241-245)
  • Wood B, DubikM(1995).A New Device for Pleural Drainage in Newborn Infants. PEDIATRICS Vol. 96 No. 5 November , pp. 955-956
  • Wyatt TH (1995). Pneumothorax in the neonate. JOGGN March/April (p211-216)
  • Deacon J, O' Neil P (1999). Core curriculum for neonatal intensive care nursing. (p144-5. P682-3). 2nd edition.
  • Atrium Medical Corporation (