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Is observation for traumatic hemothorax safe?

The journal of trauma and acute care surgery | 4 Jan 2018

L Demetri, MM Martinez Aguilar, JD Bohnen, R Whitesell, DD Yeh, D King and M de Moya
Abstract
EAST guidelines suggest tube thoracostomy (TT) be considered for all traumatic hemothoraces. However, previous research has suggested that some traumatic hemothoraces may be observed safely. We sought to 1) determine the safety of selective observation for traumatic hemothorax, and 2) identify predictors of failed observation.
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Scientific method, Accident, Safety, Pneumothorax, Hemothorax, Chest tube, Reliability engineering
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