Pulmonary contusions and critical care management in thoracic trauma

John P Sutyak, Christopher D Wohltmann, Jennine Larson
Thoracic Surgery Clinics 2007, 17 (1): 11-23, v
Many victims of thoracic trauma require ICU care and mechanical ventilatory support. Pressure and volume-limited modes assist in the prevention of ventilator-associated lung injury. Ventilator-associated pneumonia is a significant cause of posttraumatic morbidity and mortality. Minimizing ventilator days, secretion control, early nutritional support, and patient positioning are methods to reduce the risk of pneumonia.

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