Risk Management Pitfalls In Managing Blunt Chest Trauma
“My patient feels fine. There’s no way he had a thoracic injury.”
Serious injury is less likely in a well-appearing patient with no complaints. However, significant mechanism of injury alone should raise suspicion for intrathoracic injury. Consequently, a high index of suspicion should be maintained after high-speed motor vehicle collisions (> 35 mph) or falls from > 15 feet.
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