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

Risk Management Pitfalls In Managing Blunt Chest Trauma

  1. “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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