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Demographic features of chest trauma patients

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Author(s): Hayati KANDİŞ | Hayati DENİZ | Ahmet GÜNGÖR | Yavuz KATIRCI | Turgut DENİZ

Journal: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1304-7361

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2009;

Keywords: Emergency service | chest trauma.

ABSTRACT
Objectives: The aim of this study was to define the demographic features of patients presented with chest trauma. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in the emergency department of K›r›kkale Yüksek ‹htisas Hospital between 01.01.2003 and 31.12.2007. In the present study, patients were evaluated according to their age, gender, cause of trauma, thoracic injuries and accompanied system pathologies, time of accomplishing a therapy, the therapy modality and mortality. Results: A total of 382 patients were included into the study, 248 (65%) were male and 134 (35%) patients were female. The mean age of the study patients was 39.20±14 years (min-max: 1-85). Two hundred fifteen patients (56%) were presented with penetrating thoracic trauma and 167 patients (44%) with blunt thoracic trauma. Whereas implementation of conservative treatment ratio was 43%, and tube thoracostomy 37% and thoracotomy were implemented in 20% of the patients. Mortality rate was 6.2% (n=24). Conclusion: The thoracic trauma patients have usually multisystem injuries requires an experienced and multidisciplinary team with immediate therapeutic interventions.
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