What is included in prehospital care for pneumothorax?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Assess the ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation), and evaluate the possibility of a tension pneumothorax. Assess the vital signs, and perform pulse oximetry. A tension pneumothorax is almost always associated with hypotension.

Administer oxygen to the patient, ventilate the patient, and establish an intravenous (IV) line.


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