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Thoracic Injury & Trauma - Chapter Summary
Get a high-level overview of thoracic injury/trauma with this comprehensive nursing chapter. Through a series of engaging lessons, you'll take a look at the causes, symptoms and treatments for rib injuries, tracheal perforations and lung contusions. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Compare types of rib injuries
- Explain common rib injury treatments and healing times
- Describe lung contusion symptoms, treatment and recovery time
- Outline the causes, diagnosis and treatment of tracheal perforation
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1. Types of Rib Injuries
This article will describe the common types of rib injuries, including fractures, and soft tissue injuries. The specific types of fractures will be discussed, as well as the most serious form of rib fracture, the flail chest.
2. Rib Injury: Treatment & Healing Time
This lesson will describe the length of time it takes for rib injuries to heal, and the main goal of treatment while waiting for healing. We'll also explain the best treatment to foster healing, and when one should seek emergency medical help.
3. Lung Contusion: Definition & Symptoms
This lesson describes lung contusions. You'll learn exactly what they are as well as the major reasons for how and why they occur. You'll also learn what signs and symptoms this may lead to.
4. Lung Contusion: Treatment & Recovery Time
While a bruised leg is usually nothing to worry about, a bruised lung might be something to be concerned about. Find out why as we go over the treatment, recovery time, and prognosis of lung contusions.
5. Tracheal Perforation: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment
Tracheal perforation occurs when there is an injury to the trachea and a disruption to the airway. This lesson will discuss the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of a tracheal perforation.
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