On scene thoracotomy: a case report

Resuscitation. 1999 Jan;40(1):45-7. doi: 10.1016/s0300-9572(98)00151-8.


We report a case of on scene resuscitative thoracotomy performed by an anaesthetist on a patient in cardiac arrest following a stab wound to the chest. The patient made a good recovery and was discharged from hospital within 2 weeks. The rationale for performing resuscitative thoracotomy and who should perform this procedure are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Emergencies
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Heart Arrest / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Resuscitation / methods
  • Thoracic Injuries / complications*
  • Thoracotomy*
  • Wounds, Stab / complications*