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The needle used in the performance of induced pneumothorax should be provided with a stylet, or obturator which may be used to remove obstructions in the needle without permitting the introduction of unfiltered air into the pleural cavity. While the danger of infection from this source is slight, it is present, and it is impossible to hold either the operator or the technic entirely blameless in case pleural exudate does occur in the course of the treatment unless this has been adequately guarded against. As is well known to all experienced operators, this is a frequent complication and one not without danger to the patient.
For these reasons, and because none of the needles with which we were acquainted proved satisfactory to us in practice, we have devised the needle herewith illustrated, which has been made for us by the Durbin-Muckle Surgical Instrument Company of this city.
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Beggs WN, Taussig AS. A PNEUMOTHORAX NEEDLE. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(26):1939. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.25910260002018a
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