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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-11

The management of thoracic trauma: Principles and practice

Surgical Health Collective, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA

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Mark Walker
Surgical Health Collective, 777 Cleveland Avenue SW, Suite 305, Atlanta, GA 30315
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The principles of airway control, breathing and circulation maintenance provide the starting point of care for patients with thoracic injury. Intravenous access, thoracostomy tube insertion and balanced resuscitation can address most of the issues seen. Endovascular techniques have altered the course of care for patients with blunt aortic injury. Rib plating holds promise regarding enhanced recovery from a flail chest. This article reviews the basic principles and highlights the changing landscape in thoracic trauma.

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