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Emergency thoracotomy: “how to do it”
  1. D Wise1,
  2. G Davies1,
  3. T Coats2,
  4. D Lockey3,
  5. J Hyde4,
  6. A Good5
  1. 1Department Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care, Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Academic Department of Emergency Medicine, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  3. 3Departments of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Frenchay Hospital, Frenchay, Bristol, UK
  4. 4Sussex Cardiac Centre, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK
  5. 5Department of Emergency Medicine, Arrowe Park Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr D Wise
 Department of Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care, Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB, UK;


This paper describes a simple approach to emergency thoracotomy that can be used by a doctor in the prehospital environment and in the resuscitation room.

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