Chapter 23. Emergency Management of Cardiac Trauma

  1. Mark J. D. Griffiths MRCP, PhD, EDICM, BDICM Consultant,
  2. Jeremy J. Cordingley MRCP, FRCA, EDICM Consultant and
  3. Susanna Price MRCP, PhD, EDICM, FESC Consultant
  1. James Napier MBChB, FRCS, FCEM, EDICM and
  2. Mark Messent MD Consultant Anaesthetist & Intensivist

Published Online: 9 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314502.ch23

Cardiovascular Critical Care

Cardiovascular Critical Care

How to Cite

Napier, J. and Messent, M. (2010) Emergency Management of Cardiac Trauma, in Cardiovascular Critical Care (eds M. J. D. Griffiths, J. J. Cordingley and S. Price), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314502.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust London, UK

Author Information

  1. Intensive Care Unit, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 30 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405148573

Online ISBN: 9781444314502



  • Transoesophageal echocardiography;
  • Penetrating cardiac and great vessel injury;
  • cardio-pulmonary bypass (CPB);
  • endovascular stent grafting (EVSG);
  • Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST);
  • Blunt cardiac injury;
  • Forty to 83% of patients with myocardial contusion have ECG;
  • The advent of helical and spiral computed tomography (CT)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Blunt cardiac injury

  • Aortic injury

  • Penetrating cardiac and great vessel injury

  • Summary

  • References