Flail Chest is the instability of the chest wall due to multiple rib fractures sustained by considerable force. Two or more ribs are fractured at two different places on each rib, leaving a rib section that isn’t connected at either end. Broken segment moves opposite normal. Pulls inward with inspiration. The clinical assessments of Flail Chest are provided in the below infographic for your review.
post-it-note-medicine: ATOMIC - an acronym for remembering the six causes of breathing problems that should be noted on the primary survey in a trauma patient. A. airway obstructionT. tension pneumothoraxO. open pneumothoraxM. massive haemothoraxI. intercostal disruption - i.e. flail chest where a set of ribs have detached and are floating free in the chest. An indicator of severe chest trauma. C. cardiac tamponade The fluffy things in the collapsed lung are clouds. It’s meant to signify…
Flail Chest - life-threatening medical condition that occurs when a segment of the rib cage breaks under extreme stress and becomes detached from the rest of the chest wall. It occurs when multiple adjacent ribs are broken in multiple places, separating a segment, so a part of the chest wall moves independently.
You are treating a 15-year-old male patient involved in a ATV rollover. He is agitated and apprehensive. He is increasingly becoming cyanotic, and breath sounds are rapidly diminishing over his left lung. He is exhibiting signs and symptoms of shock. You should suspect: A) Tension pneumothorax B) Flail chest C) Cardiac tamponade D) Asthma Attack http://MedicTests.com