Have you received training to perform a Needle thoracentesis (Pleural Decompression) AKA, the use of a decompression needle? A Tension Pneumothorax is a medical emergency which requires timely intervention.
A decompression needle is usually a 14 to 16 gauge, 3.25” catheter needle used to penetrate the chest wall and pleural cavity thereby releasing built up air pressure. This process is referred to as a Needle thoracentesis or pleural decompression. There are many dangers associated with untrained personnel attempting to utilize a chest decompression needle for the treatment of a tension pneumothorax.
One-way chest seals are an alternative to decompression needles for treatment of a tension pneumothorax. In June 2013 USCENTCOM approved the following...
We are pleased to announce two upcoming survival classes. These classes will be hosted by Sierra12 in the Prescott, Arizona area. The classes will be a 2 day course and take place in an austere field learning environment.