Approach to the Thoracic Trauma Patient

Category: Emergency Club


Lindsay Kellett-Gregory BSc(Hons), BVetMed(Hons), DACVECC, FHEA, MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care Medicine
Lecturer in Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

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About The Webinar

Thoracic trauma may be blunt or penetrating in origin and can cause life-threatening injuries in dogs and cats. Rapid patient assessment and appropriate stabilisation is essential for a good outcome. Common injuries include pneumothorax, pulmonary contusions, rib fractures and flail chest, diaphragmatic rupture, penetrating wounds, haemothorax and myocardial contusions. Multiple injuries may be present in this patient population which may make the diagnosis and management more challenging. This webinar will cover the initial assessment and stabilisation of the thoracic trauma patient, and provide important updates on the medical management of these injuries. Important considerations going into the decision whether to take the patient to surgery will also be covered. Attendees should come away feeling confident in their ability to manage these challenging cases in a practice setting.

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