Gunshot wounds or stab wounds most common
Impalement on a sharp object from a fall can occur.
Object impaled in the chest wall
Obvious wound in the chest wall with or without bleeding
Altered mental status from hypoxemia
Absent or a...
All patients with signs of life in the field according to reports from EMS personnel should be transported to a trauma center.
Full spinal immobilization if spinal injury...
All patients with penetrating chest trauma should be admitted.
In penetrating torso trauma, resuscitative thoracotomy in the ED demonstrates survival when pre-hos...
Ball CG, Williams BH, Wyrzykowski AD, et al. A caveat to the performance of pericardial ultrasound in patients with penetrating cardiac wounds. J Trauma. 2009;67:1123–1124.
862.9 Injury to multiple and unspecified intrathoracic organs, with open wound into cavity
875.0 Open wound of chest (wall), without mention of complication
875.1 Open wound of chest (wall), c...
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