Ready to use straight from the pack

ThoraQuik™ is a simple, single and complete device for treating pneumothorax and pleural effusions.

No fumbling, no assembling, nothing to's simply ready to use straight from the pack.


Unique one-way valve

The secret to ThoraQuik™ is in it's patented one-way valve.

Once inserted, it can be switched quickly and easily to flow (one-way valve) or closed. When in the flow position, air will only be allowed out of the chest and not in. When in the closed position, air will not pass in either direction.

In the rare event of occlusion, the closed position can be used to flush the valve by attaching a syringe to the device.

Out of the packaging

When removed from the packaging, the needle is inside the device blocking the internal mechanism.

Flow (one-way) position

Once inserted into the chest, the needle is removed and the valve rotated to the flow (one-way) position. This allows air to pass out in only one direction through the side-port.

Closed position

When rotated to the closed position, air cannot pass either in or out of the device.


Ergonomic hub with adhesive backing

ThoraQuik's ergonomic hub adheres to the chest securing it for transport with an adhesive backing and it's domed structure ensures the risk of catheter dislodgement is minimal.

Additional suture points allow further stability if being applied extreme scenarios such as a military environment where armour or a vest is required to be placed over the device. Plus, with it's side venting one-way valve air can still escape from the chest.


Long length needle


Typically, needles used for needle decompression are 3-6cm long1,2,3 and these are not always long enough to reach the pleural space and so it is recommended that the minimum needle length should be at least 7cm.

ThoraQuik™ features a 10cm needle ensuring success in reaching the pleural space2 in the vast majority of patients.

Although it is long, the needle is only inserted into the chest until air is detected. At this point, the advancement of the needle should cease and it should be separated from the hub with counter-clockwise rotation. The catheter should then be advanced over the needle and into the pleural cavity whilst the needle is removed and disposed of in a sharps container.


Atraumatic veress needle tip

With a spring-loaded, atraumatic veress needle tip, the risk of damage to internal tissue including the lung is minimised.

The needle will only pierce the skin on pressure and it's tip will automatically extend when it reaches the pleural space. 

Minimal risk of occlusion

Once inside the chest, ThoraQuik's large bore catheter with 3 lateral eyelets minimises the risk of occlusion.

If it is thought that the catheter is blocked it can simply be flushed by rotating the valve into the upper position and attaching a syringe with the supplied adaptor. Once flushed, the syringe can be removed and the valve returned to the flow (one-way) position.

Tapered tip

The close proximity of the tapered tip of the catheter to the tip of the needle facilitates clean and efficient insertion however, if required, a scalpel is supplied to aid ease of insertion.


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