Chest Decompression




  • Perform patient assessment.
  • Significant assessment findings (patient must have all of the following):
  • Absent or decreased breath sound(s) on the affected side
  • Evidence of poor perfusion
  • Traumatic Arrest





  • Using aseptic technique, at the midclavicular line, 2nd or 3rd intercostal space, perform plural decompression with appropriate size needle/catheter (14 G 3 inch).