The insertion site to relieve tension pneumothorax is located along the casualty's
mid-clavicular line. What else is located on or near this imaginary line?
You are inserting a catheter/needle to relieve tension pneumothorax. How can
you tell when you have penetrated the chest wall and the tip of the needle is now
in the plural space?
Once you have penetrated the plural space with a large bore needle, you should:
a. Tape the needle in place.
b. Remove the needle and tape airtight material over the injection site.
Remove the needle, leaving the catheter, and tape the catheter hub to the
d. Remove the needle, leaving the catheter, and tape airtight material over the
A casualty who has a catheter from a needle chest decompression is being
evacuated. How should he be positioned on the litter?
a. On his back.
b. On his stomach.
On his injured side (the side with the catheter).
d. On his uninjured side (the side without the catheter).
Using a manikin or fellow student, practice treating an open chest wound.
If an appropriate manikin and appropriate supplies are available, practice
performing a needle chest decompression.