Chest injuries can be life-threatening, especially if they involve an underlying organ such as the heart, lungs, major arteries and/or veins. These injuries are not always visible or obvious and a thorough examination is required.
The casualty can deteriorate quickly, so the casualty must be constantly monitored.
Gathering all of the signs, symptoms and a good history of the event is important in enabling effective treatment of the casualty.
Recognition of Chest Injuries