Florida department trained in new life-saving technique

  • Source: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
  • Published: 09/19/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Every second counts in a trauma situation. Critical patients need critical care, and sometimes time isn’t on your side. “I wanted to give our paramedics one more tool in the toolbox to take advantage of, and to hopefully save a life out there,” said Coconut Creek Asst. Chief Tony Chin. A procedure typically reserved for emergency room hospitals is moving right out onto the field. It’s called a finger thoracostomy and Chin said it’s a game changer. “We open up the chest cavity with a small incision, about one inch, to let all the air out so that the heart can re-expand and also produce a pulse,” Chin said. The goal is to try and relieve the pressure that can build up from blunt force trauma to the chest after a serious car crash, a shooting or even a stabbing.


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