A short cut review was carried out to see if ‘finger’ thoracostomy is a safe and effective method of treating a tension pneumothorax in a pre-hospital setting. Five relevant papers were found looking at this technique in the pre-hospital setting. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. This technique appears to be safe and effective when performed by trained physicians in a pre-hospital setting.
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