Thoracotomy in traumatic cardiac arrest

There are only so many options in a traumatic cardiac arrest. Is the ED thoracotomy a reasonable fix to anything or are we just making a mess? The general rule is since the patient isn’t going to live if we don’t do it then it’s worth a try…

I like the way it is laid out here. I always appreciate really knowing what our goals are with such a dramatic and resource heavy procedure. This does a great job putting it into perspective.

Not for a second is the thoracotomy something any ED nurse or physician looks forward to but everything goes better if we think about it before we get there.

Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

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