How To: Needle Decompression of the Chest

The patient with a tension pneumothorax requires emergency action! They are literally seconds away from a cardiac arrest, and you need to know how to perform needle decompression of the chest quickly and safely. Here are some tips on needle selection and proper technique to help you save your patient. For more information on pneumothorax, see my Trauma MedEd newsletter on the topic! Download it here: