General Principles

Chest injuries can be classified as blunt or penetrating. Blunt and penetrating injuries have different pathophysiologies and clinical courses.

Chest Injury Treatment

  1. Begin CPR, if Necessary.

  2. Cover an Open Wound.

  3. Stop Bleeding, if Necessary.

  4. Position Person to Make Breathing Easier.

  5. Monitor Breathing.

  6. Follow Up.