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Flail Chest: Paradoxical Breathing. Monitor vital signs for shock, administer pain meds at reg intervals, encourage client to turn, cough & deep breathe, monitor ABGs

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Flail Chest: ribs fractured in 2 or more places or if the sternum is fractured along with several ribs, a segment of chest wall may be detached from the rest of the thoracic cage. Signs and symptoms are that the injured side of the chest has paradoxical movements. Immobilize flail segment, provide supplementary oxygen and rapid transport.

Flail Chest can result in hypoxia & respiratory failure. Treatment includes pain relief, intercostal nerve block, PT, IVF. Severe injury may require intubation.

An ancient Egyptian bronze seated figure of Osiris, god of the underworld, depicted mummiform, with his symbolic attributes of the crook and the flail, and wearing the white crown (symbol of Upper Egypt) with uraeus (a symbol of divine protection) and long false beard (a symbol of divinity). (Bonham's)

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