SurgiVet Thoracic Drainage Catheter. This polyvinyl catheter can be used for the drainage of fluid from the thoracic or abdominal cavity. This catheter is more rigid than the CT and can be introduced with a puncture technique rather than a blunt dissection like the CT. The trocar for this catheter is inserted into the side of the catheter rather than travel down the entire catheter. This makes it much easier to hold in one’s hand. The user can have the end of the trocar in the palm of their hand to easily and more safely place the catheter with a puncture technique. Short, thick trocar for controlled introduction of the catheter. Extra large side holes over a short distance on the distal end of the catheter. Slightly blunted tip that aids in entering pleural lining. Luer lock fitting on end can be connected to a suction apparatus. Radiopaque. Sterile. Sizes: TPTL1230 12Fr or TPTL1630 16Fr.