Treating Penetrating Chest Trauma

TASK: Treat a simulated casualty with penetrating chest trauma, including decompressing a tension pneumothorax.

CONDITIONS: Given a simulated conscious or unconscious casualty and a combat lifesaver medical equipment set.

STANDARDS: Score a GO on the performance checklists. Additional injuries to the casualty are prevented.

REFERENCES: Army’s Combat Lifesaver Course: Student Self-Study (PDF)



 Fig. 6-0 Normal chest showing inhalation and exhalation.