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Blunt Chest Trauma

Stewart, Daphne J. MSN, NP-C, CEN

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000079

Blunt chest trauma is associated with a wide range of injuries, many of which are life threatening. This article is a case study demonstrating a variety of traumatic chest injuries, including pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Literature on the diagnosis and treatment was reviewed, including both theoretical and research literature, from a variety of disciplines. The role of the advance practice nurse in trauma is also discussed as it relates to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with traumatic chest injuries.

CoxHealth, Springfield, Missouri.

Correspondence: Daphne J. Stewart, MSN, NP-C, CEN, CoxHealth, 3801 S National, Springfield, MO 65807 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Copyright © 2014 by the Society of Trauma Nurses.