Simple, single & complete

The effective and reliable solution for pneumothorax & pleural effusions


Why ThoraQuik?

Conceived by Dr Ian McNeil, a past Chairman of the British Assosciation for Immediate Care (BASICS) from his extensive experience attending the critically injured at the roadside, and thoroughly tested during it's development by other BASICS members, ThoraQuik™ has been designed as a simple, single and complete device to treat patients presenting with spontaneous, secondary or tension pneumothorax, or pleural effusions.

With pneumothorax a quick response is key to improving patient outcome. Traditional treatment using a large bore cannula or needle is adequate, but using the wrong size or an unsuitable product can lead to unnecessary complications. The ThoraQuik™ Chest Decompression Device is designed to overcome these problems, giving you a safe and reliable way to treat pneumothorax.

The recommended treatment for suspected tension pneumothorax is immediate needle decompression 1,2,3. Typically, needles used are 3-6cm long1,2,3. These are not always long enough to reach the pleural space2 and so it is recommended that the minimum needle length should be at least 7cm. ThoraQuik™ has a large bore 10cm needle ensuring success in reaching the pleural space and minimising the risk of catheter occlusion once it is found.

ThoraQuik™ is suitable for all environments where pneumothorax may occur both in-hospital and pre-hospital including intensive therapy units, thoracic units, cardiac units and crash trolleys. Due to it's simple unitary design meaning it can be used straight from the pack rather than requiring the assembly of kit components, ThoraQuik™ is also ideal for use in military and arduous or hostile environments such as trapped victims or road traffic accidents or in military conflict situations.

Find out more about how ThoraQuik™ works >


  • Unique incorporated one-way valve
  • Long length & large gauge cannula with three lateral eyes
  • Atraumatic veress needle tip
  • Egonomic hub with adhesive underside


  • Simple, single & complete
  • Placed in seconds - vital where patient is in distress or several casualties require rapid attention
  • Designed specifically for the treatment of pneumothorax & pleural effusions
  • Will reach the pleural cavity of the majority of patients
  • Unitary design can be used straight from the pack rather than assembling kit components
  • Minimal risk of occlusion and dislodgement
  • Minimal risk of injury to lung tissue

1. David B. Wax, et al. (2007) Radiologic Assessment of Potential Sites for Needle Decompression of a Tension Pneumothorax. Anesthesia & Analgesia; Vol. 105, No. 5, pp. 1385-1388

2. Imme Zengerink, et al. (2008) Needle Thoracostomy in the Treatment of a Tension Pneumothorax in Trauma Patients: What Size Needle? The Journal of Trauma Injury, Infection, and Critical Care; Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 111-114

3. S. Britten, et al. (1996) Needle Thoracocentesis in Tension Pneumothorax: Insufficient Cannula Length and Potential Failure. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured; Vol. 27, No. 5