Chest Tube Drainage of Transudative Pleural Effusions Hastens Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sidney Tessler, Maimonides Medical Center Identifier:
First received: April 14, 2010
Last updated: April 18, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
The purpose of this study is to determine whether chest tubes to drain transudative pleural effusions helps patients come off mechanical ventilation earlier.

Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Chest Tube Drainage of Transudative Pleural Effusions Hastens Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation

Further study details as provided by Maimonides Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Total Days of Mechanical Ventilatory Support [ Time Frame: days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 198
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: April 2010
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Standard care
Treatment of pleural effusion with diuresis
Chest tube
Treatment of pleural effusion with diuresis and chest tube


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
112 patients standard; 86 patients chest tube

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with transudative pleural effusion and requiring mechanical ventilation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with coagulopathy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01104285

United States, New York
Maimonides Medical Center
Brooklyn, New York, United States, 11219
Sponsors and Collaborators
Maimonides Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Yizhak Kupfer, MD Maimonides Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Sidney Tessler, Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center Identifier: NCT01104285     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10/03/VA02
Study First Received: April 14, 2010
Results First Received: November 16, 2011
Last Updated: April 18, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pleural Effusion
Pleural Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on November 25, 2015