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Does this man need a chest drain?


Vera Shaw
Jayenthi Mahadeva
Anna Wyatt
Faculty of Medicine
University of Adelaide

Peter Devitt
Visiting Surgeon
Port Augusta Hospital
South Australia


This case discusses the management of a patient with chest trauma and focusses on the issue of the pneumothorax. It is crucial to be able to recognise and treat this problem because it is a medical emergency. The case guides the user through the initial approach to the trauma patient, how to identify a pneumothorax clinically, the priorities in managing a pneumothorax and the complications of failure to do so effectively.

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