5.0 of 5 Ratings
A 40-year-old unrestrained passenger is brought into the emergency room after a motor vehicle collision. The patient is awake and alert, though he complains of chest and back pain. Soon after he is brought in, the patient loses consciousness. His vitals are: Temperature 96 deg F (35.6 deg C), pulse 120/min, blood pressure 80/45 mmHg, and respirations 22/min. His physical exam is significant for bruising on his chest along with crepitus present with sternal palpation. His chest radiograph is shown in Figure A. Which of the following is the best next step for this patient?
Transthoracic echocardiogram along with fluids and blood products
Transesophageal echocardiogram along with fluids and blood products
CT angiogram along fluids and blood products
CT scan along with fluids and blood products
Immediate surgical intervention along with fluids and blood products
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