|Respiratory Care Education|
Thoracic trauma accounts for 25% of all trauma fatalities and causes approximately 37,000 deaths in the United States each year. Pulmonary complications can be the result of direct chest trauma or can occur from indirect trauma outside the thorax. Blunt chest injuries range from a mild pulmonary contusion to a complete chamber rupture of the heart. Blunt chest trauma demands accurate assessments and rapid intervention to prevent unnecessary complications and death. The major objective in the initial management of patients with blunt chest trauma is the restoration and maintenance of normal cardiopulmonary function.
After completing this case study the learner should be able to:
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