Recall the last time you were sitting in a room doing a large-volume, therapeutic paracentesis in the ED. Were you stressing out because your other patients were still being actively managed? Large-volume paracentesis is a common and important part of our practice, but often requires your dedicated time at the bedside. Additionally, what do you do if you do not have the fancy paracentesis kit or vacuum collection bottles?
About Derrick Lung, MD MPHAssistant Medical Director, California Poison Control System - SF Division
Medical Toxicologist, San Francisco General Hospital
Emergency Medicine Physician, San Mateo Medical Center