Resuscitative thoracotomy

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Resuscitative thoracotomy is often performed on trauma patients with thoracoabdominal penetrating or blunt injuries arriving in cardiac arrest. The goal of this procedure is to immediately restore cardiac output and to control major hemorrhage within the thorax and abdominal cavity. Only surgeons with experience in the management of cardiac and thoracic injuries should perform this procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-208
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery
Issue numberPart B
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Aortic cross clamping
  • Blunt trauma
  • Cardiac repair
  • Emergency room thoracotomy
  • Penetrating trauma
  • Resuscitation
  • Resuscitative thoracotomy
  • Traumatic cardiac arrest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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