The management of patients with penetrating thoracic injuries is initiated with the ABCs of resuscitation. A key principle in the management of these injuries is that outcomes improve with shorter transport time. Certain interventions may be performed in the field or at nontrauma centers to prevent imminent death, but rapid evacuation to a trauma center should not be delayed. A. Airway assessment: If there is any question regarding ability to maintain an airway, prompt intubation and positive pressure ventilation should be performed.
KeywordsTrauma Center Tube Thoracostomy Pericardial Tamponade Esophageal Injury Airway Assessment
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