Heimlich Valve

BD Heimlich chest drain valve

BD offers the Heimlich chest drain valve, which is a specially designed flutter valve that replaces underwater bottles for chest drainage. The valve consists of rubber tubing compressed at one end to form leaflets that allow unidirectional air flow.

Connection differentiation

The BD Heimlich valve features a blue end that connects to most patient chest catheters, and a transparent end that connects to a vented drainage bag.

Infection prevention

The valve is sterile and single use, and it features sealed transparent housing to help prevent infection.

Secretions removal

If necessary, the distal, transparent end can connect to regulated, intermittent sporadic suction for removing secretions.

Performance monitoring

A transparent, protective plastic chamber with tapered ends encases the valve, enabling you to monitor its performance.

Catheter compatibility

The proximal end of the casing can attach to most chest catheters, and the distal end can connect to tubing that empties into a vented drainage bag.


To insert the intrapleural drainage catheter, take the following steps (consult the instructions for use for additional information):

  1. Cut off the beveled end of the catheter adapter and as much of the funnel portion of the adapter as necessary, so the catheter forms a firm, airtight connection with the blue end of the valve.
  2. Firmly attach the catheter's open end to the blue end of the valve. Important: The catheter should be firmly taped to the valve to prevent accidental dislodging. Correct valve operation is achieved when the arrow on the valve points away from the patient's chest.
  3. Attach connection tubing to the clear plastic end of valve.
  4. Insert the proximal end of the connection tubing into a plastic drainage bag, or attach it to a trap bottle and regulated suction.
  5. If two chest drainage catheters are used, attach a separate valve and tubing to each.
  6. When transporting the patient, it is not necessary to clamp the chest catheter.


  1. When suction is required, connect the open end of the connection tubing to the suction system.
  2. When suction is not necessary or is discontinued, insert the connection tubing into a plastic bag or suitable drainage container. The drainage container must be vented to allow air to escape during drainage.
  3. Pulsation of valve leaflets indicates increasing and decreasing intrapleural pressure.
  4. Use standard methods to keep the system free of clots. Should a clot obstruct the valve, clamp the chest drainage tube, and using sterile technique, remove the valve and replace it with new sterile valve.
  5. CAUTION: Firmly tape the catheter to the valve to prevent accidental dislodging.
  6. The drainage bag may be suspended at the bedside. For early ambulation, for removal of a patient to the x-ray department, etc., the drainage bag may be carried or attached to a wheelchair or to the patient's clothing. Clamping tubing during these activities is not necessary.
  7. If two chest catheters and two valves are used, the function of each can be observed independently.


  1. Follow your institution's procedures for discarding used medical devices.

Ordering information
Catalog no.DescriptionQuantity (per case)e-catalog
373460 BD Bard-Parker Heimlich chest drain (CS0010) sealed flutter valve, sterile 10

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