Thoracic Trauma – the Emergent Truth
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.