Penetrating Chest Injury

  • Roberto Barresi


Allp atients sustaining a penetrating injury to the chest should be promptly transported to the nearest trauma care facility. Initial treatment consists of rapid assessment of the victim’s injuries, management of the airway, placing two large-bore intravenous lines (18 gauge or larger), immediate fluid resuscitation. While it is advised that interventions should not be undertaken at the scene that may compromise transport time, there are three circumstances when this conviction should not be upheld; sucking chest wounds, tension pneumothorax, and nericardial tamponade.


Tube Thoracostomy Tension Pneumothorax Pericardial Tamponade Inferior Region Chest Tube Output 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

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  • Roberto Barresi

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