Tension pneumothorax

Needle decompression in tension pneumothorax: anterior or lateral approach?

This literature review was conducted following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidance on identifying and including reviews of research and evaluation...

Clinical suspicion regarding needle decompression for patients with chest trauma

Needle decompression of the chest (also known as thoracocentesis or thoracentesis) is a manoeuvre to release abnormal air from the pleural space. Prehospital needle decompression is only indicated for...

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance: a focused case series for pre-hospital practice Case 2: tension pneumothorax

A 55-year-old man lost control and was ejected from his motorcycle at approximately 60 miles per hour on a country road. The patient was wearing a helmet and full protective clothing. When the first...

Trauma: just another statistic?

Needle thoracocentesis is currently the sole method of pleural decompression adopted by UK ambulance paramedics operating under Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) guidelines for...

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