Best Practices: Emergency Bedside Thoracotomy

https://reference.medscape.com/features/slideshow/emergency-thoracotomy Emergency department thoracotomy (EDT, shown) is a very controversial but potentially lifesaving procedure for a select group of patients with blunt and penetrating thoracic trauma. EDT technique has remained fairly unchanged; however, the indications for performing an EDT remain a source of controversy in the literature.…

Resuscitative thoracotomy - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resuscitative_thoracotomy A resuscitative thoracotomy (sometimes referred to as an emergency department thoracotomy (EDT), trauma thoracotomy or, colloquially, as "cracking the chest") is a thoracotomy performed to resuscitate a major trauma patient who has sustained severe thoracic or abdominal trauma and who has entered cardiac arrest because of this.eMedicine: 82584…

Quick Consult: Diagnosis: Emergency Bedside Thoracotomy ...

http://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2011/11000/Quick_Consult__Diagnosis__Emergency_Bedside.10.aspx Thoracotomy, an incision into the chest wall and pleural space, was first reported in 1874. ( Injury 2006;37[1]:1.) A procedure commonly done by thoracic surgeons to gain access to the organs of the chest, it is done in rare circumstances by emergency physicians as a last-ditch attempt to gain access to a life-threatening wound resulting from ...…

Thoracotomy - WikEM

https://www.wikem.org/wiki/Thoracotomy ↑Hopson LR et al. Guidelines for withholding or termina- tion of resuscitation in prehospital traumatic cardiopulmonary arrest: Joint Position Statement of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.…

Thoracotomy procedure, indications & emergency thoracotomy

https://healthjade.net/thoracotomy/ The indications for emergency thoracotomy have been much debated. To simplify the issue, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has instituted general guidelines on this subject 19). The decision to perform an emergency thoracotomy is determined by the presence of signs of life and the mechanism and location of injury.…

Management of thoracic trauma in emergency service ...

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3809198/ Akcam et al. 20 performed emergency bedside thoracotomy in 6 patients with penetrating injury and 3 patients with blunt thoracic trauma, and success was only achieved in 3 patients with penetrating injury. They concluded that emergency bedside thoracotomy is a life-saving procedure in the cases of penetrating thoracic injury.…