Thoracic Trauma: The Emergent Truth

Thoracic Trauma: The Emergent Truth

Stephen Rahm

Thoracic injuries are a common cause of untimely death; however, many of these deaths are preventable with prompt recognition and immediate treatment. Your understanding of the anatomy, as well as the lifesaving evidence that supports current interventions, is imperative. This presentation begins with a review of the “anatomic truth,” using cadaveric images that distinguish mythology from reality. Complimented by videos of actual injuries and high- resolution cadaveric images, the discussion continues with common (and not so common) clinical presentations, complications, and current management options.

Session Objectives:

  1. Identify critical anatomy within the thoracic cavity.
  2. Recognize the signs and symptoms of lethal thoracic injuries.
  3. Understand current treatment strategies and the evidence that supports them.

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Sun 12/6 Cont.
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Stephen Rahm

Thoracic injuries are a common cause of untimely death; however, many of these deaths are preventable with prompt recognition and immediate treatment. Your understanding of the anatomy, as well as the lifesaving evidence that supports current interventions, is imperative. This presentation begins with a review of the “anatomic truth,” using cadaveric images that distinguish mythology from reality. Complimented by videos of actual injuries and high- resolution cadaveric images, the discussion continues with common (and not so common) clinical presentations, complications, and current management options.

Session Objectives:

Identify critical anatomy within the thoracic cavity.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of lethal thoracic injuries.

Understand current treatment strategies and the evidence that supports them.

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