Today, we turn back to a topic near and dear to my heart (pun always intended), resuscitative thoracotomy. I covered the basics of this in my:
If you have not seen that one, you should watch it first. Then come back here to listen to the conversation I had with Dennis Kim.
Dennis is a trauma surgeon and intensivist at Harbor-UCLA. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada & attended medical school at McMaster University. Following his general surgery residency, he completed a critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Ottawa. He then completed a fellowship in trauma & surgical critical care at UC San Diego. His passion for surgical education led me to complete a Masters in Medical Education at the University of Dundee. I’ve been a trauma surgeon at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA, since 2012.
He also runs the wonderful Trauma ICU Rounds podcast which you should check out ASAP if you are interested in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.
Today we run through the entire thoracotomy procedure with tips, tricks and pitfalls.
Additional EMCrit Thoracotomy Stuff
- Podcast 83 – Crack to Cure – ED Thoracotomy
- The Abbreviated ED Thoracotomy Tray
- John Hinds on Crack the Chest–Get Crucified
- EMCrit 278 – Labors of Trauma – Blunt Edition (Part 1)
- EMCrit Podcast 36 – Traumatic Arrest(Opens in a new browser tab)