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Featured Article: Haemothorax


Haemothorax is a collection of blood in the pleural space and may be caused by blunt or penetrating trauma. Most haemothoraces are the result of rib fractures, lung parenchymal and minor venous injuries, and as such are self-limiting. Less commonly there is an arterial injury, which is more likely to require surgical repair.


Featured Case Study: Bilateral lower extremity gunshot wound with arterial and venous injury

20 years old man after civilian gunshot wound, arrived in our emergency department with profound shock and ongoing bleeding from gunshot wounds to both thighs.

Recent Entries by Category

Injury Prevention

Nov 23, 2006 [Articles]

Firearms & Gun Control Internet Resources

A comprehensive collection of firearms prevention resources

Prehospital Care

Oct 07, 2006 [Articles]

Recombinant Factor VIIa (NovoSeven) for Traumatic Coagulopathy

Factor VIIa in trauma: review of the literature and recommendations for use
Jul 02, 2006 [Articles]

Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)

A primer on the FAST exam
Sep 30, 2006 [Articles]

Emergency Department Thoracotomy

Indications and technique of resuscitative thoracotomy


Oct 01, 2002 [Articles]

Permissive Hypotension: Discussion Archive

Permissive Hypotension for Trauma Resuscitation
Nov 24, 2006 [Articles]

Transfusion for Massive Blood Loss

Managing massive transfusion events
Nov 24, 2006 [Articles]

Airway management of the Trauma Victim

Airway assessment & management techniques for trauma


Nov 28, 2006 [Articles]

Acute management of Traumatic Brain Injury

Spinal Trauma

Apr 01, 2002 [Articles]

Initial Assessment of Spinal Injury

Spinal injury assessment and clearance
May 10, 2005 [Articles]

Steroids for Spinal Cord Injury

Available evidence does not support the use of steroids in spinal cord injury

Thoracic Trauma

May 09, 2009 [Articles]


An overview of pneumothoraces - diagnosis & management
Sep 30, 2010 [Articles]


Chest Trauma Haemothorax
Feb 07, 2009 [Articles]

Organ Injury Scaling-Cardiac

Abdominal Trauma

Jul 02, 2006 [Articles]

Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)

A primer on the FAST exam
Aug 09, 2004 [Articles]

Penetrating Abdominal Trauma: Guidelines for Evaluation

Nov 30, 2006 [Articles]

Renal Trauma

Vascular Trauma

Dec 02, 2002 [Articles]

Patch Angioplasty

Dec 07, 2002 [Articles]

Extraperitoneal Approach to the Iliac Vessels

Nov 28, 2006 [Articles]

Aortocaval fistula following stab injury


Scoring Systems

Mar 10, 2007 [Articles]

Revised Trauma Score

Revised Trauma Score and Desktop Calculator
Mar 10, 2007 [Articles]

Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) Score

Overview of the anatomical scoring tool
Mar 10, 2007 [Articles]

Injury Severity Score

Overview and Desktop Calculator

Trauma Nursing

Jun 02, 2007 [Articles]

Trauma Nurse Case Management

The principles of trauma case management
Aug 01, 2005 [Articles]

The Tertiary Trauma Survey

What, Why, When, How & Who: Detecting Missed Injuries in the Multiply-Injured Patient
Aug 05, 2000 [Articles]

Witnessed Trauma Resuscitation - Can relatives be present?

Do relatives benefit from witnessing the trauma resuscitation?