Penetrating chest trauma

Immersive scenario

Training resource kit


45-60 minutes.

Group size

4-6 participants (or team composition applicable to local area).

Target audience

Emergency department medical and nursing staff.


This resource kit provides healthcare workers with the skills to assess and manage low velocity penetrating chest wall trauma. The scenario encompasses the decision making and procedural skill for insertion of an intercostal catheter to manage a traumatic haemo-pneumothorax.

Learning objectives

  • Demonstrate the assessment of a trauma patient with penetrating chest injuries.
  • Identify the need for escalation of decompression strategy in penetrating chest wall trauma.
  • Recognise and effectively manage a patient with immediately life-threatening penetrating chest trauma.


Facilitator resource kit - PDF

7.35 MB

Participant resource kit - PDF

5.38 MB


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Last updated

6 April 2021