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Surg Clin North Am. 2017 Aug;97(4):783-799. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2017.03.004.

Thoracic Trauma: Injuries, Evaluation, and Treatment.

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1
University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401, USA. Electronic address: Joseph.platz@uvmhealth.org.
2
University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401, USA.

Abstract

Thoracic injury is common in high-energy and low-energy trauma, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Evaluation requires a systematic approach prioritizing airway, respiration, and circulation. Chest injuries have the potential to progress rapidly and require prompt procedural intervention. For the diagnosis of nonemergent injuries, a careful secondary survey is essential. Although medicine and trauma management have evolved throughout the decades, the basics of thoracic trauma care have remained the same.

KEYWORDS:

Blunt; Emergency department thoracotomy; Penetrating; Primary survey; Thoracic trauma

PMID:
28728716
DOI:
10.1016/j.suc.2017.03.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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