UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Trauma

Title: Blunt Cardiac Injury

Keywords: trauma, blunt, cardiac injury, shock, thoracic (PubMed Search)

Posted: 5/5/2024 by Robert Flint, MD
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Blunt Cardiac Injury is a continuum from asymptomatic, not clinically relevant to catastrophic, life ending disease . Consider blunt cardiac injury in patients with significant force to the chest wall or sudden deceleration injuries (motor vehicle crashes, motorcycle crashes, falls from height etc.). This algorithm is helpful when working up patients suspected of having significant blunt cardiac injury. 


Biffl, Walter L. MD; Fawley, Jason A. MD; Mohan, Rajeev C. MD. Diagnosis and management of blunt cardiac injury: What you need to know. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 96(5):p 685-693, May 2024. | DOI: 10.1097/TA.0000000000004216