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Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery

Presumptive Antibiotics in Tube Thoracostomy for Traumatic Hemopneumothorax

To determine if presumptive antibiotics in chest tubes for traumatic hemopneumothorax reduce the incidence of empyema or pneumonia.

PI: Steve Allen, MD
Joy Steele, BSN 267-971-0021
Recruiting at UPENN

Key Inclusion Criteria
  • Adult patients with blunt or penetrating chest trauma who undergo chest tube placement for traumatic hemopneumothorax

Key Exclusion Criteria
  • Patients receiving antibiotics at the time of presentation (pre-injury)


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