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Unfallchirurg. 2014 Sep;117(9):849-52. doi: 10.1007/s00113-013-2484-0.

[Successful preclinical thoracotomy in a 17-year-old man].

[Article in German]

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Universitätsklinik für Unfallchirurgie, Medizinische Universität Graz, Auenbruggerplatz. 7a, A-8036, Graz, Österreich, paul.puchwein@medunigraz.at.

Abstract

We report the case of a 17-year-old man who sustained multiple stab wounds after a knife attack. After arrival of the emergency medical team the patient suffered a cardiac arrest caused by cardiac tamponade. After emergency thoracotomy and open heart massage the patient developed ROSC and could be discharged 13 days later without neurological deficits. Prehospital thoracotomy is rarely performed in Austria but is the only realistic chance for survival in cases of hematopericardium and tamponade. Better training of emergency physicians in Austria concerning surgical resuscitation could increase survival rates especially after penetrating thoracic trauma.

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23884562
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10.1007/s00113-013-2484-0
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