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Chest trauma is classified as either blunt (steering wheel injury) or penetrating (bullets or impalement). This course addresses blunt force trauma, penetrating trauma, and management of the chest trauma patient. Assessment is discussed, including immediate protection of the airway and maintaining chest wall stability. The major thoracic trauma injuries are described, including how to diagnose and treat, such as tension pneumothorax, sternum fractures, flail chest, diaphragmatic rupture, aortic rupture, cardiac tamponade, empyema, and more.
AARC Approval #144768000
- Identify potential injuries resulting from blunt chest trauma.
- Identify causes of blunt chest trauma.
- Briefly outline the medical concerns and recommended treatment for the following:
- Fractured ribs
- Fractured sternochondral junction
- Fractured sternum
- Flail chest
- Rupture of the diaphragm
- Rupture of the aorta
- Pulmonary trauma
- Cardiac trauma
- Identify potential injuries resulting from penetrating chest trauma.
- Identify causes of penetrating chest trauma.
- Explain the reasons for hidden injuries in penetrating chest traumas.
- Identify assessment tools employed in the emergency setting for screening and diagnosis of injury.
- List steps on how to perform a thoracostomy tube placement.
- Identify complications of a chest tube placement procedure.
- Apply critical thinking skills and the information gained to a clinical practice.
Sandra Cegielski, BS, RRT, RCP
, is the Director of Clinical Education at Victor Valley College. She also serves as the Veterans Health Education Coordinator at Loma Linda VA Medical Center. Sandra received her BS in business management at the University of Redlands and her AS in respiratory therapy at Victor Valley College.
Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is an independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments, at Loma Linda University as adjunct faculty, and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.
Kellianne McCaffrey, RRT, RCP, is a graduate of the Respiratory Therapy associate degree program at Victor Valley College.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.