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
Feb 19, '04Although 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.