Pulmonary complications of trauma

  title={Pulmonary complications of trauma},
  author={Donna Prentice and Tom Ahrens},
  journal={Critical Care Nursing Quarterly},
Pulmonary complications can be the result of direct chest trauma or can occur from indirect trauma outside of the thorax. Understanding the mechanism of pulmonary function in determining intrapulmonary shunt and physiologic deadspace can assist the clinician in assessing the severity and monitoring the progression of pulmonary injury in patients. This article reviews assessment parameters, physiology, and treatment of direct and indirect pulmonary trauma. 
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