Pneumothorax Trainers

Pneumothorax Simulators

The TruMan Trauma X manikin provides lifelike training in needle decompression of tension pneumothorax & more.

The TruMan Trauma X System is an advanced pneumothorax trainer ideal for teaching and practicing needle decompression (aka needle thoracentesis or needle thoracocentesis) of tension pneumothorax.

Features & benefits:

  • Anatomically correct pneumothorax training manikin
  • Realistic feel of all thoracic palpable landmarks
  • Realistic look and feel of tissues representing skin, fat and muscle
  • Audible hiss with successful needle insertion
  • Made from durable materials and built to withstand repeated use in a busy classroom setting

Our adult pneumothorax manikin allows for needle decompression training in the 2nd intercostal space at the midclavicular line or in the 5th intercostal space on either side.

This advanced pneumothorax training manikin allows emergency physicians, nurses, paramedics, field and flight medics and other medical professionals to successfully train in lifesaving chest wound management and other medical procedures.


Practice pediatric needle decompression & many other techniques with TruBaby X.

The TruBaby pediatric clinical skills trainer allows for needle thoracentesis and lifelike training in pediatric pneumothorax management featuring:

  • Training in needle thoracentesis at the 2nd & 5th intercostal spaces
  • Realistic rib structures including xiphoid process and clavicle
  • Palpable landmarks in the 2nd intercostal space midclavicular line and the 5th intercostal space midaxillary line
  • Easily interchangeable inserts
  • Each insert can last 150+ needle penetrations
  • Realistic ‘hiss’ upon air escaping

TruBaby X is very realistic with the appearance, weight, size and movement of a 5-month-old infant.


We’ve also developed a user-friendly patient monitor simulator that can be used alongside our manikins to integrate clinical decision-making, crew resource management and clinical task/procedure training.

Each needle decompression trainer comes with two needle decompression inserts, lubrication and other consumables and accessories. Additional needle decompression inserts are available for purchase.

The TruMan Trauma X pneumothorax manikin also comes supplied with torso inserts for practicing needle decompression in the 5th intercostal space.

What is needle decompression used for?

Realistic hands-on training helps medical professionals successfully identify anatomical landmarks and perform needle decompression.

Needle decompression of tension pneumothorax is a medical procedure used to treat patients with air pressure building in the pleural space, the area between the inner and outer membrane surrounding each lung.

Tension pneumothorax is commonly caused by an object puncturing a patient’s lung, which allows air to escape the lung and become trapped in the pleural space. This increased air pressure can cause death by blocking blood flow to the heart.

Needle decompression involves inserting a large needle between the ribs allowing trapped air in the pleural space to escape.


Needle thoracentesis can save lives when done correctly but can cause life-threatening injury if the decompressing needle is incorrectly placed.

Important thoracic landmarks for needle decompression include:

  • Lateral margin of clavicle
  • Midclavicular line
  • Second intercostal space
  • Anterior axillary line
  • Fifth intercostal space

The ability to understand and identify surface landmarks on the torso is imperative to mastering this technique.

The TruMan Trauma X® X and TruBaby X® X pneumothorax trainers are anatomically accurate, and durable materials provide lifelike resistance and responsiveness for the most realistic training experience possible. Because of the range of skills facilitated, both models are also ideal nursing simulation manikins.