A novel technique for chest drain removal using a two layer method with triclosan-coated sutures

Yujiro Yokoyama, Takahiro Nakagomi, Daichi Shikata, Taichiro Goto

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In thoracic surgery, a thoracic drain is always inserted after the surgical procedure. Repair of the wound after removal of the thoracic tube is performed postoperatively, but no universally standard methods currently exists for this tube removal. Here we report a technique using triclosan-coated sutures that is used in thoracic surgery in our hospital. There are several advantages of this technique. First, there is no need for stitches removal on follow-up. Second, it prevents the leakage of pleural exudate because of the tight two-layer sutures. In addition, it was observed to be superior in terms of both wound healing and cosmetic aspects, due to the layer-to-layer sutures. The use of triclosan-coated sutures helps prevent infection and empyema is quite unlikely to occur as the result of the tight ligating of the muscular layer using these sutures. We applied this method in 168 patients over a period of 24 months. There were no complications on removal of the chest tube such as infection, fluid leakage or opening of the surgical wound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-213
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • New method
  • Thoracic drain
  • Triclosan-coated suture
  • Wound infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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