Attending a patient with a major thoracic injury can present many challenges to the clinician on scene. The chest cavity contains many vital organs which are protected by the rib cage. Any high-impact velocity or major trauma to the chest can cause serious injury and complications due to the organs present. Injuries affecting these organs will have significant effects on the body’s ability to maintain its’ homeostatic balance. In this section we will review chest trauma pathology and what management can be done within the pre-hospital context.
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