Tension Pneumothorax or Decreased Level of Consciousness - page 2

If two patients present to the emergency department at the same time, one with a tension pneumothorax and the other with decreased LOC, which one should receive attention first? Thanks.... Read More

  1. by   thanatos
    Although I see Speculating's point regarding the patient w/ the decreased LOC, the patient w/ the TENSION pneumo should be treated first. Even though the patient w/ the decreased LOC may or may not have a life threatening condition, a TENSION pneumo IS a true airway/breathing emergency. If not treated immediately, the patient will code, probably PEA. Needle his chest first and then see to the other patient.

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