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ER Thoracotomy

Don Benson bensonblues at comcast.net
Wed Oct 19 08:08:59 BST 2005

Also very expensive.

bensonblues at comcast.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Tchaka Shepherd [mailto:tshepherdmd at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:30 PM
To: trauma-list at trauma.org
Subject: RE: ER Thoracotomy

Interesting opinion.

>From: "Hall, John R" <John_R_Hall at Wellmont.org>
>Reply-To: Trauma & Critical Care mailing list <trauma-list at trauma.org>
>To: "Trauma & Critical Care mailing list" <trauma-list at trauma.org>
>Subject: RE: ER Thoracotomy
>Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 16:51:32 -0400
>--In an  attempt to save the patient, we have had several brain dead 
>patients who have gone on for organ  donation.  Thus I believe that other 
>than obvious dead, should try
>---Original Message-----
>From: trauma-list-bounces at trauma.org on behalf of KMATTOX at aol.com
>Sent: Fri 10/14/2005 8:49 PM
>To: trauma-list at trauma.org
>Subject: Re: ER Thoracotomy
>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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