Flail Chest: Paradoxical Breathing. Monitor vital signs for shock, administer pain meds at reg intervals, encourage client to turn, cough & deep breathe, monitor ABGs

Flail Chest: Paradoxical Breathing. Monitor vital signs for shock, administer pain meds at reg intervals, encourage client to turn, cough & deep breathe, monitor ABGs

Flail Chest is the instability of the chest wall due to multiple rib fractures sustained by considerable force. Two or more ribs are fractured at two different places on each rib, leaving a rib section that isn’t connected at either end. Broken segment moves opposite normal. Pulls inward with inspiration. The clinical assessments of Flail Chest are provided in the below infographic for your review.

Flail Chest is the instability of the chest wall due to multiple rib fractures sustained by considerable force. Two or more ribs are fractured at two different places on each rib, leaving a rib section that isn’t connected at either end. Broken segment moves opposite normal. Pulls inward with inspiration. The clinical assessments of Flail Chest are provided in the below infographic for your review.

Flail Chest - Everything You Need To Know - Dr. Nabil Ebraheim                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Flail Chest - Everything You Need To Know - Dr. Nabil Ebraheim More

Flail chest injuries are usually caused by chest trauma injuries like car…

Flail chest injuries are usually caused by chest trauma injuries like car…

post-it-note-medicine:  ATOMIC - an acronym for remembering the six causes of breathing problems that should be noted on the primary survey in a trauma patient. A. airway obstructionT. tension pneumothoraxO. open pneumothoraxM. massive haemothoraxI. intercostal disruption - i.e. flail chest where a set of ribs have detached and are floating free in the chest. An indicator of severe chest trauma. C. cardiac tamponade The fluffy things in the collapsed lung are clouds. It’s meant to signify…

post-it-note-medicine: ATOMIC - an acronym for remembering the six causes of breathing problems that should be noted on the primary survey in a trauma patient. A. airway obstructionT. tension pneumothoraxO. open pneumothoraxM. massive haemothoraxI. intercostal disruption - i.e. flail chest where a set of ribs have detached and are floating free in the chest. An indicator of severe chest trauma. C. cardiac tamponade The fluffy things in the collapsed lung are clouds. It’s meant to signify…

Flail chest (via London Health Sciences Centre www.lhsc.on.ca)

Flail chest (via London Health Sciences Centre www.lhsc.on.ca)

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