Asked by: Treasa Elflein
asked in category: General Last Updated: 5th February, 2020

How is penetrating trauma treated?

Assessment may involve X-rays or CT scans, and treatment may involve surgery, for example to repair damaged structures or to remove foreign objects. Following penetrating trauma, spinal motion restriction is associated with worse outcomes and therefore its should not be done routinely.

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Similarly, how do you treat penetrating wounds?

To take care of a puncture wound:

  1. Wash your hands. This helps prevent infection.
  2. Stop the bleeding. Apply gentle pressure with a clean bandage or cloth.
  3. Clean the wound. Rinse the wound with clear water for five to 10 minutes.
  4. Apply an antibiotic.
  5. Cover the wound.
  6. Change the dressing.
  7. Watch for signs of infection.

Subsequently, question is, how do you evaluate penetrating injury? Approach to penetrating chest trauma

  1. Ultrasound (Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma, EFAST)
  2. Chest x-ray and/or CT if patient is stable.
  3. Others: echocardiography, endoscopy, bronchoscopy, angiography.

Herein, which organs are most often damaged with penetrating trauma?

In penetrating abdominal trauma due to stab wounds, the most commonly injured organs are as follows :

  • Liver (40%)
  • Small bowel (30%)
  • Diaphragm (20%)
  • Colon (15%)

What is a penetrating chest injury?

DEFINITION: Penetrating injury to the chest: A penetrating injury of the thorax in an area bounded superiorly by the lower neck and inferiorly by the lower costal margin. See also: Thoracoabdominal injuries under “Penetrating Injuries to the Abdomen.”

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