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Do junior doctors know where to insert chest drains safely?
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    Triangle of safety

    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr Creagh-Brown for his interest in our article and comments.

    We agree with the comments about figure 2, which is maybe misleading. The marks made by the juniors were judged with regard to the BTS guidelines as described in the article. Figure 2 is designed to illustrate where marks were made in relation to the triangle of safety (represented by the centre square). We agree that fig...

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    Dear Editor,

    Your article concerning junior doctors and their knowledge of chest drain insertion points is very interesting.

    The exact diagram from the BTS guidelines (to which you refer) shows a greyed area where insertion is safe, it is as described in your article. However, the area that you have indicated as correct does not cover the entire triangle as described by the BTS guidelines - there is an are...

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