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Cardiac Arre...

Cardiac Arrest After Blunt Trauma to Chest

Clinical Scenario

A patient comes into your trauma bay after a blunt trauma from being assaulted with a baseball bat to the chest. He is found to be pulseless on exam, compressions are started and you decide to perform a thoracotomy. You make an incision and have entered the thoracic cavity.

Question
What should be attempted next?
  • Cross Clamp the aorta
  • Attempt direct cardiac compressions
  • Insert nasogastric tube to help determine the aorta from the esophagus
  • Open the pericardium
  • Question
    What should be attempted next?
  • Cross Clamp the aorta
  • Attempt direct cardiac compressions
  • Insert nasogastric tube to help determine the aorta from the esophagus
  • Open the pericardium
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