A quick and safe way to drain this fluid without tying up resources at the bedside.
A 55-year-old male with severe ascites secondary to chronic cirrhotic liver disease presents to the emergency department for shortness of breath secondary to fluid accumulation and abdominal distention. He routinely visits the ED for therapeutic paracentesis, likely due to poor follow-up as a result of being uninsured. As usual, the department is very busy, and you have many critical patients who require your attention. Is there a quick and safe way to drain this fluid without tying up resources at the bedside?