Emergency Procedure: Thoracotomy. Possibly the most terrifying emergency procedure, but also one which carries a high chance of saving a life.
Resuscitative thoracotomy is a thoracotomy performed prehospital, in the emergency department or elsewhere that is an integral part of the initial resuscitation of a patient; an alternate term is emergency thoracotomy
A chest trauma patient lies before you. When would you perform an emergency thoracotomy? A case-based Q&A approach to the indications and contraindications.