Action Stat: Tension pneumothorax
Michael W. Day RN, CCRN, MSN

May 2008 
Volume 38  Number 5
Pages 72 - 72
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Day, Michael W. RN, CCRN, MSN

Issue: Volume 38(5), May 2008, p 72 Publication Type: [Feature: Action Stat] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Trauma Nurse-Coordinator • Sacred Heart Medical Center • Spokane, Wash.

THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS (EMTs) bring Drake Moore, 26, to your ED on a backboard with his cervical spine stabilized. Because his SpO 2 level dropped during transport, he's receiving 100% oxygen via a non-rebreather mask.

What's the situation?

Mr. Moore was swimming with friends and was about to jump off a cliff into a lake when he lost his footing. Instead of clearing the cliff, he slid 20 feet down its face and landed hard on the rocks just below the waterline. His friends called 911. An initial evaluation by the EMTs showed a left ankle deformity and numerous small abrasions on his chest and right arm. ...

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