What is needle decompression used for?
Realistic hands-on training helps medical professionals successfully identify anatomical landmarks and perform needle decompression.
Needle decompression of tension pneumothorax is a medical procedure used to treat patients with air pressure building in the pleural space, the area between the inner and outer membrane surrounding each lung.
Tension pneumothorax is commonly caused by an object puncturing a patient’s lung, which allows air to escape the lung and become trapped in the pleural space. This increased air pressure can cause death by blocking blood flow to the heart.
Needle decompression involves inserting a large needle between the ribs allowing trapped air in the pleural space to escape.
Needle decompression landmarks
Needle thoracentesis can save lives when done correctly, but can cause life-threatening injury if the decompressing needle is incorrectly placed.
Important thoracic landmarks for needle decompression include:
- Lateral margin of clavicle
- Midclavicular line
- Second intercostal space
- Anterior axillary line
- Fifth intercostal space
The ability to understand and identify surface landmarks on the torso is imperative to mastering this technique.
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