All patients should receive high-flow oxygen and be continuously monitored by pulse oximetry. Proximity of the base of the neck and the thorax predisposes both regions to injury. Difficulty ventilating a patient is indicative of either upper airway or thoracic injuries. Unequal breath sounds and asymmetric chest movement are signs of inadequate ventilation. These signs are associated with pneumo- or hemothoraces. Tracheal deviation may accompany a tension pneumothorax. Prompt recognition of these life-threatening complications and treatment with a tube thoracostomy will ensure adequate ventilation.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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