The current practice of installing an intercostal catheter in trauma patients involves first identifying the location by hand, incision, followed by insertion and installation. The current methodology can lead to errors including mal-positioning, ineffective drainage, mediastinal impingement, organ or diaphragm penetration and infection.


Key Objectives & Outcomes

In partnership with Monash University and using innovative and bespoke technology, The National Trauma Research Institute, Alfred Health, will develop and trial a one-way pleural bolt with a collection system lock and guide port. In order to eliminate clinical error and ensure no organ or diaphragm penetration during placement, design guidelines will be developed, as well as practical solutions for the manufacturing of the ICC.

If successful, this technology will be developed commercially. It has potential for wide-scale application, particularly in communities where skills in and knowledge of best practice in trauma care is emerging.

Main Partner Orgnaisations(s)Monash University (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Geographic Location(s)Australia

Chief Investigator(s)Professor Mark Fitzgerald ASM, Professor Wing Kong Chiu

Project Manager / Officer(s)Dr Pete Finnegan

Main ContactDr Pete Finnegan

Year Commenced2015

Expected Completion2016

Research Funding BodySeed funding 2011-2014 provided by: Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria & National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory