Motor vehicle accident, driver of car vs. tree. Male. Severe respiratory distress on scene – presumed tension pneumothorax on left decompressed with a 14G cannula and intubated on scene.
Describe and interpret this CXR
CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION
The tip of the ET tube is in the right main bronchus.
There is a large bore chest drain on the left side, the tip appears to sit in the medial costophrenic angle.
NG tube correctly placed.
No pneumothorax visible, lung parenchyma look normal.
There may be a thin rim of air under the left hemidiaphragm – a supine film or CT is required.
The apices of the lungs are not properly visualized.
The ETT needs pulling back.
The chest drain does not necessarily require re-positioning – the pleural space is in continuity, it won’t drain air there, but will if there is a further tension.