Survival following resuscitative thoracotomy for combined left ventricle and left atrium ruptures secondary to blunt trauma.

Abstract

Improvements in pre-hospital care and the development of integrated Trauma Systems have streamlined access for the severely injured to sophisticated, specialist Trauma Centre reception and resuscitation. We describe the initial care of a survivor of combined ruptures of the left ventricle and left atrium secondary to blunt injury. This case emphasises the contribution of such a Trauma System in achieving a favourable outcome for a severely injured trauma patient with injuries previously considered non-survivable.

DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2008.04.024

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@article{Fitzgerald2008SurvivalFR, title={Survival following resuscitative thoracotomy for combined left ventricle and left atrium ruptures secondary to blunt trauma.}, author={Mark C Fitzgerald and Abhishek Basu and Fatima F. Rahman and Thomas J. Russell and J. Wesley Hines and Julian H. Gooi and Silvana Marasco and Lamia Bezer and Peter Effeney and Kerryn Bunbury}, journal={Injury}, year={2008}, volume={39 9}, pages={1089-92} }