Thoracic Cavity Approach - Emergency Thoracotomy
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Thoracic Cavity Approach - Emergency Thoracotomy


The Thoracic Cavity Approach – Emergency Thoracotomy course will teach you:

  • To provide adequate exposure of intra-thoracic structures, to optimize the likelihood of a successful outcome from the planned procedure. An emergency thoracotomy may be considered the last effort as a lifesaving measure in patients with chest injuries. Indications for emergency thoracotomy vary widely and it remains a controversial but potentially life saving procedure in a specific group of patients

Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Thoracic Cavity Approach – Emergency Thoracotomy procedure:

  • Intercostal neurovascular bundle preservation

With the following tips you might perform the  Thoracic Cavity Approach – Emergency Thoracotomy even better:

  • Increasing opening size using second rib spreader
  • Suturing of broken ribs

After studying the Thoracic Cavity Approach – Emergency Thoracotomy course you are familiar with the most common complications:

  • Intercostal neurovascular nerve damage
  • Rib fractures
  • Damage to underlying thoracic structures

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Thoracic cavity approach

Tissue structures

Sacrifice

Because it is an emergency operation, it is allowed to sacrifice tissue structures.

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