Chest Tube Manikins

Chest Tube Trainers

Chest tube insertion allows air or fluid trapped in the pleural space a one-way escape, allowing the lungs to expand and relieving pressure on the heart. A chest tube is also called chest drain, intercostal drain, pleural drain, tube thoracostomy or thoracic catheter.

The TruMan Trauma X system is an anatomically correct training manikin ideal for chest tube simulation, needle decompression of tension pneumothorax and many other medical procedures.

TruMan Trauma X is ideal for teaching and training chest drain procedures including:

  • Recognition of correct position
  • Chest tube insertion
  • Surgical incision in the 5th, 6th & 7th intercostal spaces
  • Blunt dissection of the chest wall
  • Pleural perforation and finger sweep
  • Chest tube suture fixation

TruMan Trauma X comes supplied with two chest tube inserts, lubrication and additional consumables and accessories. It features a cavity for optional liquids to simulate haemothorax or pleural effusion.

Materials representing skin, fat and muscle tissue have a realistic look and feel optimal for surgical incision training. The chest structure has lifelike responsiveness during technique practice.


TruBaby X is a complete solution for pediatric clinical skills training including chest tube placement.

Trainees benefit from realistic practice in pediatric chest drain insertion (air only). TruBaby X facilitates both the Seldinger chest train insertion technique and the needle thoracentesis approach for treatment of pneumothorax.

The manikin comes supplied with 4 chest drain inserts (2 left, 2 right). Each insert can be used one time for the Seldinger approach (size 8 chest tube), or a single insert can facilitate more than 150 needle penetrations (18G needle).


Our chest tube training manikins allow emergency physicians, nurses, paramedics, field medics and other healthcare professionals to benefit from realistic hands-on training in lifesaving medical procedures.

Chest drain inserts are made from durable silicone simulating real skin texture for lifelike palpation of intercostal spaces.

Advanced Chest Tube Simulation

The TruMan Trauma X® X system is a lifelike chest tube trauma manikin (and surgical airway trainer) providing realistic skill training in pre-hospital chest trauma management.

Replaceable chest drain inserts are available, sold in pairs and labeled for use on the left or right side of the manikin.

We also sell a Super Saver Trauma X Training Pack for cost-effective training for 50 students (more than 15% discount).

All TruCorp manikin consumables interchange quickly and easily to facilitate efficient training.


Tube thoracostomy can be used to drain air, blood, pus, bile or other fluids from the pleural cavity to treat thoracic injuries. Chest tubes can also be inserted to treat empyema (an infection in the pleural cavity) or pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

Chest tube insertion is most commonly done in the 5th, 6th or 7th intercostal space at the posterior axillary line. The precise location of chest tube insertion depends on the condition being treated.

The TruMan Trauma X® X manikin is ideal for training in accurate chest tube placement to advance medical skill training and improve patient outcomes. Made from durable materials, our simulation manikins are designed to withstand repeated use in a busy classroom setting.