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1

How should you manage a small pneumothorax?

observation (air will usually reabsorb)

2

How should a pneumothorax greater then 2cm be managed?

aspiration using a 16-18G cannula in the 2nd intercostal space midclavicular line

3

How should a pneumothorax where aspiration has failed to relieve symptoms be managed?

Intercostal small-bore drain in 5th intercostal space mid-axillary line

4

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

5

What is percussion often like in a pneumothorax?

hyper-resonant