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<< Emergency Department Evaluation And Management Of Blunt Chest And Lung Trauma (Trauma CME)

Disposition

Disposition for patients after blunt thoracic trauma must consider the risk for delayed sequelae (eg, pneumothorax or acute respiratory distress syndrome). For seriously ill or elderly patients, it is more likely that they will require inpatient hospitalization and admission for continued monitoring.121-127 The Battle score is a scoring system that has been developed and validated for predicting complications from blunt chest trauma.128 

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