Category: Trauma Drama

Blunt Cardiac Injury

KCHC

“The heart was made to be broken.” ― Oscar Wilde Blunt thoracic trauma accounts for 25% of all traumatic fatalities. Blunt Cardiac Injury (BCI) has been quoted to be present in up to 76% of blunt thoracic trauma patients.  BCI…

The ABCs of the Pregnant Trauma Patient.

“Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.”—Rita Rudner Thankfully, these teeny kicks don’t cause trauma!! Critical illness, including trauma, actually affects less than 1% of all pregnancies in the US.  However, this patient population can…

Chest Tubes in the Trauma Bay

(A Review on Chest Tubes in the Trauma Patient ) Indications for Chest Tube Placement in Trauma Patients Pneumothorax (simple, tension) Hemothorax Esophageal rupture with gastric leak into pleural space Traumatic arrest (bilateral chest tubes) Quick Caveat: Detecting a traumatic pneumothorax…

Trauma Drama: Blunt Neck Trauma

Its time for our next installment of Trauma Drama. I think its time to get into discrete injuries. The first one I want to talk about is blunt neck trauma. The reason I chose this one is that penetrating neck…