Go-Kart Trauma--The Heart of the Matter

Suddaby, Beth; Sourbeer, Margaret
July 2004
Pediatric Nursing;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p336
Academic Journal
The article presents a case study on critical care of a 5-year-old boy injured in a go-cart accident. The accident caused vacillation in level of consciousness vacillated and elevation in heart rate. Based on results of various assessments the boy was identified for pericardial tamponade. His vacillating level of consciousness was a reflection of his brain perfusion. His parents were advised to ensure a calm approach in front of him. As a part of initial management plan fluid bolus of 250 cc normal saline was infused, radiology studies, computed tomography and sonography were carried out. Finally, a cardiac surgery for right aterial rupture was done.


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