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ER Thoracotomy

KMATTOX at aol.com KMATTOX at aol.com
Sat Oct 15 01:49:27 BST 2005

In a message dated 10/14/2005 7:47:03 PM Central Standard Time,  
jnoldscarmaker at yahoo.com writes:

In what  situations do you think ER thoracotomy is  futile??

1.    Obviously dead patient
2.    Most cases of blunt trauma in a non trauma center  where there is no 
3.    Most cases of extrathoracic trauma and cardiac  arrest
4.    Broad sine wave cardiac rhythm
5.     Non survival CNS injury
6.    Non presence of a surgeon knowledgable in knowing  technique

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