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Wilderness: Chest Injuries (cont.)

Chest Injuries Treatment

  • An object that remains in the chest injury should not be removed.

  • An airtight dressing such as tin foil or a plastic sack should be used as quickly as possible to cover any hole that extends into the chest cavity.

  • The injured person should be positioned with the injured side down.

  • The injured person should be given pure oxygen to breathe.

  • The neck and back of the injured person should be immobilized after a possible chest injury.

  • CPR may be necessary.

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