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Blunt Chest Trauma 

Blunt Chest Trauma
Chapter:
Blunt Chest Trauma
Source:
Acute Care Casebook
Author(s):

Daniel Shocket

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190865412.003.0018

This case involves a blunt trauma patient being managed from the viewpoint of a helicopter critical care team sent to rendezvous with a ground ambulance for transport of a critical patient to a trauma center. Topics discussed include many logistical considerations, a focused differential diagnosis, the evaluation and management of a trauma patient both on the ground and in a helicopter, and the further management after arrival to an emergency department. Tranexamic acid (TXA) use, blood product versus crystalloid administration, and the utility of the Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) exam are also discussed.

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