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Trauma Series: Chest Injuries

Trauma Series: Chest Injuries

Course author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Contact Hours: 7.5
Price: $22.43
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Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
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Course Description
Over 100,000 U.S. deaths each year can be attributed to trauma, and a significant portion of those traumatic injuries are to the chest. Chest trauma is a broad category of potentially life-threatening injury that encompasses both blunt and penetrating injuries. Treatment for these injuries needs to be swift in order to ensure the best possible outcome. Failure to properly diagnose and treat chest injuries in a timely manner can have devastating effects, including thoracic lesions, sepsis, and death. This course offers a look into the basic physiology of the thorax, chest trauma pathophysiology, and the effective management of chest trauma in the urgent setting.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction
  2. Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Pathophysiology
    1. Restricted flow of air
    2. Restricted flow of blood
    3. Infection and Sepsis
    4. Space-occupying lesions
  4. Etiology
    1. Motor Vehicle Accidents
    2. Falls
    3. Acts of violence
    4. Blast injuries
  5. Injuries to the chest wall
    1. Contusions or hematomas
    2. Subcutaneous Emphysema
    3. Fractures
  6. Pulmonary injury and Pleural space injury
    1. Contusion
    2. Laceratoin
    3. Pneumothorax
    4. Hemothorax
    5. Hemopneumothorax
  7. Injury to airways
    1. Blunt tracheobronchial injuries
    2. Penetrating tracheobronchial injuries
    3. Esophageal injuries
    4. Diaphragmatic injuries
    5. Penetrating diaphragmatic injury
  8. Cardiac injury
    1. Pericardial tamponade
    2. Myocardial contusion
    3. Blunt cardiac injury
    4. Traumatic arrest
    5. Penetrating cardiac injuries
  9. Blood vessel injuries
    1. Aortic rupture/injury/dissection
  10. Other injuries and outcomes
    1. Injury severity scoring
    2. Other injuries found in conjunction with chest trauma
      1. Psychological impact
      2. Head injury
      3. Spinal injury
      4. Blunt cervical vascular injuries
      5. Abdominal injuries
      6. Pelvic injuries
      7. Extremity injuries
  11. Types of thoracic Injuries
    1. Blunt thoracic trauma
    2. Thoracic injury
      1. Visual Inspection
    3. Bruising
    4. Grazes
    5. Seat belt signs
  12. Diagnosis
    1. Imaging
    2. Endoscopy
    3. Electrocardiogram
    4. Blood tests and transfusion
    5. Pulse Oximetry
  13. Treatments
    1. Analgesics
    2. Endotracheal intubation
    3. Mechanical ventilation
    4. Chest tube drain
  14. Penetrating chest injuries
    1. Diagnosis
    2. Treatments
    3. Surgery
  15. Primary blast injuries
  16. Prognosis and recovery
  17. Pediatric chest injuries
  18. Summary
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