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Is 30 minutes the golden period to perform emergency room thoratomy (ERT) in penetrating chest injuries?

Is 30 minutes the golden period to perform emergency room thoratomy (ERT) in penetrating chest injuries?

Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 40(1): 147-151

Background. Emergency room thoracotomy (ERT), a controversial procedure, was introduced to improve resuscitation of trauma patients. No study has been conducted to evaluate the importance of the time in the field (down time) in the initial survival of penetrating chest trauma requiring ERT. In addition to this, many factors have been considered to predict the success of ERT, but they are multiple and are not easy to assess in the brief period of decision making to perform an ERT.

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