During my Shadowing shift, I was able to experience a procedure called a Thoracentesis. This is an invasive procedure to remove fluid or air from the pleural space for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. A hollow needle was carefully inserted into the thorax after local anesthesia was administered. A yellow-like color was seen when the needle was withdrawing the fluid from the pleura.

The patient was experiencing difficulty in breathing whilst she was laying down. This would cause her to sit upright more often so that she can breathe better. This diffuclty in breathing arose due to the build of pressure in her lungs. This pressure stemmed from the patient’s ovarian cancer condition. The ER doctor made a call to do this procedure because the patient was not going to be operated on until the morning. The doctor wanted the patient to have a restful sleep throughout the night.