EMS Care Chapter 35 | Chest Injuries start with an introduction to the topic and has presentations that cover the anatomy of the chest, types of injuries that could happen, and how to deal with the same. We subsequently explore in-depth the following lessons:
Core Concepts covered :
Pneumothorax or a collapsed lung is a condition where there is an accumulation of air in the pleural space. Adequate respiration will not be obtained despite ventilations. You may hear abnormal or diminished breath sounds.
Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, pneumothorax can be categorized into simple and tension.
A simple pneumothorax, referred to as pneumothorax, does not result in major changes in the patient’s cardiac physiology. The lung has collapsed similarly to a deflated balloon.
Conversely, a tension pneumothorax is caused by a blunt injury where a fractured rib lacerates a lung or bronchus this may be an open or closed injury. This tension pneumothorax is a pneumothorax where the pleural space continues to fill with air or blood and will push towards the only space that is available in the closed chest.
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