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Article 2: Repairing the Pneumo Chest Tube
The following tools and supplies are needed.
1. Bottle of "DURA BOND" general purpose glue (Found at most hardware stores)
2. 8 inch hooked insertion tool fashioned from a piece of coat hanger or similar ridged wire.
3. Small standard flat head screwdriver.
4. Rubber bands #32 sold in most office supply stores.
5. Small metal punch.
6. Hammer. (Not Shown)
7. Convoluted Tube
Note: The following items can be purchased together (except hammer) by requesting a Pneumo Chest Tube Repair Kit Model 76513RK from Lafayette Instruments. Call 1-800-428-7545 for current price and availability.
Using the diagrams, follow the steps below to repair the Pneumo chest tube.
- Break the glue seal on both ends of the corrugated tube by running a small screwdriver around under the edge. See (Diagram 1)
- Hold the corrugated tube and twist one end at a time to separate it.
- Knock out the 1/16" metal pin on both ends which retains the rubber bands. (Diagram 2)
- Place one end of the new rubber band inside the end piece (Diagram 3) and drive the pin back Into place.
- Now using the 8-inch hooked tool, insert it through the corrugated tube, hook the rubber band and pull it all the way through. (Diagram 4)
- Grasp the end of the rubber band and detach the tool.
- Insert the free end of the band into the end piece and drive the 1/16 Inch pin into place to secure it in place.
- Open the bottle of glue, apply generously to one end piece at a time, and slip the cuff of the corrugated tube on as far as possible. (Diagram 5)
- Twist one end piece to orient the flat plates so they are parallel with each other.
- Let dry for 15 minutes.