THE ORIGINAL PRACTICE CHEST SEAL

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Sucking Chest Wounds

In managing penetrating trauma in the tactical environment there are limited lifesaving interventions that are available to the tactical first responder.  Mastering these skills under austere conditions requires repeated practice to build instinctive rapid task transfer skills. One such skill is familiarity with the use, placement, and venting of a chest seal device in the treatment of a sucking chest wounds.


A sucking chest wound (SCW) occurs when the chest is penetrated by a projectile or object, resulting in a defect (hole) that allows air to move between the chest cavity and the outside environment.  When a SCW victim breaths in, air is drawn through the SCW into the chest cavity. This air may accumulate in a space between the lung and its lining called the pleural space. When breathing out, some portion of that air may escape.  A SCW not only decreases the ability of a victim to breath, but puts them at risk for imminently deadly consequences.  If air, drawn in through a SCW remains within the pleural space, over time it can accumulate under pressure, resulting in a deadly condition called a tension pneumothorax.
 
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