CHART SMART: Documenting pneumothorax

September 2008 
Volume 38  Number 9
Pages 19 - 19
  PDF Version Available!


PNEUMOTHORAX, WHICH IS the presence of air or gas in the pleural space, can lead to partial or complete lung collapse. A tension pneumothorax occurs from a progressive buildup of air within the pleural space, which causes the lung to collapse and the mediastinum to shift toward the side opposite the pneumothorax. These anatomic changes decrease venous return to the heart, reducing cardiac output and creating an emergency.

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

Featured Jobs

Benefits of Membership

FREE E-Newsletters
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues

Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Register Now

Explore a world of online resources

Become a Member