Thirteen survivors of prehospital thoracotomy for penetrating trauma: a prehospital physician-performed resuscitation procedure that can yield good results.

@article{Davies2011ThirteenSO,
  title={Thirteen survivors of prehospital thoracotomy for penetrating trauma: a prehospital physician-performed resuscitation procedure that can yield good results.},
  author={Gareth Edward Davies and David J Lockey},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2011},
  volume={70 5},
  pages={E75-8}
}
BACKGROUND Prehospital cardiac arrest associated with trauma almost always results in death. A case of survival after prehospital thoracotomy was published in 1994 and several others have followed. This article describes the result of prehospital thoracotomy in a physician-led system for patients with stab wounds to the chest who suffered cardiac arrest on scene. METHODS A 15-year retrospective prehospital trauma database review identified victims of stab wounds to the chest who suffered… CONTINUE READING