Chest Trauma and the Lungs

IN the last edition of the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter, we discussed the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and respiratory medical emergencies. In this issue, we will continue our discussion by focusing on chest trauma.  Some traumatic injuries to the chest, such as a flail chest or traumatic asphyxia, though uncommon, are life-threatening. While others, like a fractured clavicle or rib, are very common, yet can still be very serious or even life-threatening. Any traumatic injury to the chest cavity should be considered serious until proven otherwise.


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