Ski Hill Pneumothorax

Case Summary

A 23 year old man crashes into a tree at high speed while at a skil hill. He develops respiratory distress and is found to have a tension pneumothorax. He will require prompt recognition and management of this, and will improve clinically when decompression has been completed.

Note: this virtual room has 2 settings in which participants can manage their patient: at the site of the injury on the hill, and at the base of the hill (a simple room that could be “back of ambulance” or “medical base camp”).


The following slides are deliberately “view only” (since they are the master slides). To use them – you simply need to copy and paste the slides you would like to use into your own, new Google Slides Document.

How can you make your Virtual Resus Room using these slides?
  1. Click on link for Room
  2. This will open in a new tab as a “View Only” Google Slide document
  3. Google Slide -> File -> Make a copy -> Entire presentation
  4. Copy document pops up. Name case. Press Ok.
    • Name slide set something generic like “Room A” so it doesn’t contain spoilers when you share with your learners!
  5. This will open new tab as your editable Google Slide document
  6. File -> Version History -> Name Current Version -> “Unused Room”
    • This will save this untouched version of the room before the case starts (See “Resetting Room after Case” in “Running the Sim”:)
Case Written By:

Dr. Peter Zhang, for the Kitchener-Waterloo family medicine residents. Updated for the virtual setting by Dr. Sarah Foohey.

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