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Ch 18: Diagnosing & Treating Chest & Stomach Injuries

About This Chapter

This skills and training chapter covers essential information about the diagnosis and treatment of stomach and chest injuries. Access these informative lessons and interactive quizzes at any time to improve your chest and stomach injury knowledge.

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.

The chapter includes interactive lesson quizzes to help you check your understanding of the material. You can use any computer or mobile device to access the material, and the chapter is availalbe at any time that fits your schedule. You can also reach out to our expert instructors if you have any questions.

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.

Skills Covered

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

13 Lessons in Chapter 18: Diagnosing & Treating Chest & Stomach Injuries
Types of Chest Injuries

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.

Chest Injury: Signs & Symptoms

2. Chest Injury: Signs & Symptoms

There are many different types of chest injuries that a person can sustain. In this lesson, learn about the signs and symptoms of these various chest injuries.

Chest Injury: Treatment & Complications

3. Chest Injury: Treatment & Complications

Patients with chest injuries will need a medical team with strong assessment skills that may prevent the risk of mortality. This lesson describes chest injuries including potential causes, diagnosis options, treatments, and possible complications.

Thoracic Injury: Symptoms & Severity Score

4. 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.

Thoracic Injury: Diagnosis & Treatment

5. Thoracic Injury: Diagnosis & Treatment

You will learn valuable tools for assisting with diagnosis and treatment of chest injuries, as well as common causes of injury. Signs and symptoms, emergency room treatment, and surgical options will be discussed.

Sternum Injury: Symptoms & Treatment

6. 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.

What Happens When the Wind is Knocked Out of You?

7. 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.

What is the Solar Plexus? - Definition, Function & Location

8. 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.

Flail Chest: Definition & Causes

9. 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.

Flail Chest: Symptoms & Treatment

10. 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.

Flail Chest: Management & Complications

11. 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.

Retrosternal Hematoma: Definition, Management & Treatment

12. 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.

Solar Plexus Injury: Symptoms & Treatment

13. 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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