Intercostal catheter insertion and removal

Case discussion

Training resource kit


30 minutes.

Group size

Small group participation (4-6 participants).

Target audience

Emergency department medical, nursing and allied health staff.


This resource kit provides healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to perform the insertion of an intercostal catheter (ICC) to manage a patient with blunt chest trauma, including the indications and considerations for ICC placement.

Learning objectives

Recognise the indications for ICC insertion including:
  • size of haemothorax/pneumothorax
  • timing of insertion and associated clinical features.
Understand the considerations for ICC placement and management including:
  • size of ICC.
  • location of ICC insertion
  • potential complications of insertion and removal of chest drains.


Facilitator resource kit - PDF

5.20 MB

Participant resource kit - PDF

4.66 MB


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Last updated

6 April 2021