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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Penetrating Wounds in the ED

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emDocs - January 29, 2017 - Authors: Cuthbert D and Bucher J
Edited by: Simon E and Koyfman A
"Summary
  • ED management of a patient with a penetrating injury begins with addressing the ABCs.
  • The first step in addressing active bleeding is the application of direct pressure.
  • Patients with head wounds commonly undergo advanced imaging to rule out foreign body and underlying trauma.
  • Hemorrhagic shock, airway obstruction, air discharge from a wound, active pulsatile blood flow, massive hemoptysis, and uncontrolled bleeding in patients with neck injuries mandate immediate surgical intervention.
  • Assume cardiac and great vessel injury in all patients with trauma to the cardiac box.
  • Hemodynamically unstable patients with abdominal trauma require operative intervention.
  • Patients with penetrating injuries to the extremities with absent or diminished pulses, obvious arterial bleeding, expanding hematoma or pulsatile bleeding, audible bruit, palpable thrill, or distal ischemia require operative intervention."