Mehmet Ergin1, Deniz Yorgancılar2, İrfan Taşçılar3, Ahmet Demircan1, Fikret Bildik1, Yıldırım İmren3, Sedat Demircan2

1Gazi Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Acil Tıp Anabilim Dalı,ankara
2Gazi Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı,ankara
3Gazi Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi,kalp-damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı,ankara

Keywords: Emergency department, resuscitative thoracotomy, thorax trauma


Most of the patients with thorax trauma die because of preventable causes. One of the procedures which can be applied to decrease the deaths is emergency department recussitative thoracotomy (EDRT). EDRT is required for 10% of blunt and 15-30% of penetrating thorax trauma victims. EDRT is a life saving procedure when applied in appropriate indications by emergency physicians or surgeons who are knowledgeable and skillful. In the present article, we report three-cases of two penetrating and one blunt chest trauma undergone EDRT. We aimed to point out the importance of EDRT and to encourage the physicians on it.