sucking chest wound

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sucking chest wound 


A medical emergency which is most commonly caused by trauma to the chest wall resulting in an open wound with direct communication of a pleural cavity to the external environment. In large open wounds, air enters the wound and pleural cavity during inhalation, causing the lung on that side to collapse.

Diagnosis Extreme anxiety, dyspnoea, and hissing sound with normal breathing.

Management Seal wound on three sides with anything–the victim’s hand, plastic, aluminium, duct tape, etc, leaving the fourth side of the occluding patch unsealed, to allow the air in the pleural cavity to escape and the lung to reinflate. 

Synonyms Open chest wound, open pneumothorax 



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