Flashcards in Pneumothorax Deck (5)
How should you manage a small pneumothorax?
observation (air will usually reabsorb)
How should a pneumothorax greater then 2cm be managed?
aspiration using a 16-18G cannula in the 2nd intercostal space midclavicular line
How should a pneumothorax where aspiration has failed to relieve symptoms be managed?
Intercostal small-bore drain in 5th intercostal space mid-axillary line
How should a tension pneumothorax be managed?
oxygen and immediate aspiration (16-18G needle 2nd anterior intercostal space mid clavicular line) AND a chest drain should be inserted immediately after the initial chest decompression