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Submitted: 15 Jan 2020
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Accepted: 30 Sep 2020
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  Abstract View: 52

Case Report

External flail chest stabilization; The simple, low-cost way

Efstratios Apostolakis ORCID logo, Nikolaos A Papakonstantinou* ORCID logo, Alexandra Liakopoulou, Serafeim Chlapoutakis

Abstract

Flail chest is a life-threatening clinical entity which can be complicated by respiratory
insufficiency. Paradoxical motion of a part of chest wall is the basic cause to put the blame on.
Consequently, stabilization of the chest wall is occasionally of paramount importance to achieve
early extubation in a patient with post-trauma respiratory insufficiency. Hereby, a simple, low cost,
harmless and effective approach of external stabilization is presented.
Keywords: Thoracic Trauma, Flail Chest, External Stabilization, Respiratory Insufficiency
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