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Diagnosing & Treating Chest & Stomach Injuries - Chapter Summary
Take a look through this comprehensive chapter to study a variety of chest and stomach injury topics. Using simple and concise lessons, our instructors will explain basic information related to the diagnosis and treatment of chest, thorax, sternum and solar plexus injuries. You'll also evaluate the characteristics of flail chests and retrosternal hematoma.
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How It Helps
This chapter can benefit any professional who needs to develop knowledge and skills for chest and stomach injury treatment. The chapter can be used to supplement training or continuing education materials. Aspiring healthcare professionals can also study these resources to get ahead in their studies and learn more about these types of injuries.
By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Identify different types of chest injuries
- Assess chest injury signs, symptoms, treatments and complications
- Interpret severity scores related to thoracic injuries
- Understand how thoracic injuries are diagnosed and treated
- Evaluate the symptoms and treatments of sternum and solar plexus injuries
- Assess the causes, symptoms, treatments and management of flail chests
- Define retrosternal hematoma
- Explain what happens when someone's wind is knocked out of them
- Recognize the function and location of the solar plexus
1. Types of Chest Injuries
Chest injury is a very diverse topic. The many forms of chest injuries are characterized by different mechanisms, different forces, and different presentations. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of chest injuries.
2. Thoracic Injury: Symptoms & Severity Score
In this lesson, we will learn the definition of a thoracic injury, the possible presenting symptoms of a patient who has sustained a thoracic spinal cord injury, as well as the system most commonly used to score the severity of such injuries.
3. Sternum Injury: Symptoms & Treatment
A direct blow to the chest can injure someone's sternum. In this lesson, we will learn about the symptoms associated with an injured sternum and how to treat it.
4. What Happens When the Wind is Knocked Out of You?
Most of us have had the wind knocked out once or twice and it can be scary. What exactly happens when the wind is knocked out of you? In this lesson we will discover what is happening in your body and how long before you'll be breathing normally again.
5. What is the Solar Plexus? - Definition, Function & Location
The solar plexus, located in the center of the torso above the navel, is a central location for nerves within the abdominal area. Read further to learn more about the solar plexus and its function within the human body.
6. Flail Chest: Definition & Causes
Think for a moment: how should a person's rib-cage move as they breathe? The exact opposite happens in a condition called flail chest. Find out what this is and what its causes are in this lesson.
7. Flail Chest: Symptoms & Treatment
Flail chest, typically a result of trauma to the chest wall, is a medical emergency. If not treated promptly it can lead to serious complications. This lesson will describe flail chest, including the symptoms and treatment of this condition.
8. Flail Chest: Management & Complications
A flail chest is a condition caused by injury that results in free floating segments of ribs that are unable to contribute to the respiratory process. In this lesson, you will learn about the flail chest, how it is managed, and resultant possible complications.
9. Retrosternal Hematoma: Definition, Management & Treatment
You have probably heard of a hematoma before, but probably not a retrosternal hematoma. In this lesson, we will learn what a retrosternal hematoma is. We will also learn about what treatment is needed for this.
10. Solar Plexus Injury: Symptoms & Treatment
The solar plexus, a large bundle of nerves located in center of abdomen, is an essential control center of the body's nervous system. Read further to learn more about injuries to the solar plexus and treatment strategies.
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