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Is Age Just a Number When Cracking Chests?

Background: Have you considered age when determining whether a resuscitative thoracotomy (RT) is indicated? You’re not alone; over 1/3 of trauma surgeons surveyed consider age before performing a RT (Dennis 2016). Dr. E. Baue first described RT after cardiac trauma …

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Trauma

Resuscitative Thoracotomy: What Really is the Quickest Way to a Person’s Heart?

Background: A resuscitative thoracotomy is a time-critical high acuity, low occurrence (HALO) procedure – as an emergency physician you need to know how to do it, but depending on your practice environment, it may be a once-in-a-career maneuver. All the …

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Trauma

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