Telemedicine-guided thoracentesis of tension pneumothorax in a term newborn

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J Telemed Telecare. 2021 Jul 26:1357633X211034316. doi: 10.1177/1357633X211034316. Online ahead of print.


We describe a case of a term female infant born in a rural community hospital and who developed a left-sided spontaneous tension pneumothorax shortly after birth. We used telemedicine to guide the family physician and healthcare team at the referring hospital to perform a life-saving thoracentesis using an intravenous cannula. The cannula was kept in place to drain the persistent pneumothorax during transportation to the pediatric intensive care unit at the tertiary hospital.

PMID:34310235 | DOI:10.1177/1357633X211034316