What is a sucking chest wound?

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If the injury penetrates the rib cage, air can pass freely in and out of the chest cavity and the person cannot breathe effectively. With each breath the person takes, you will hear a sucking sound coming from the wound. This sound is the primary sign of a penetrating chest injury called a sucking chest wound.



Without proper care, the person’s condition will worsen. The affected lung or lungs will fail to function, and breathing will become more difficult.

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Injuries, Wound and Trauma

The normal course of daily living ensures that at some point we will injure ourselves. The body is great at healing minor injuries, and first-aid basics will help keep injuries from becoming serious or infected. As we move up to m...

ore serious injuries, again knowing what to do first is important, even if follow-up care must be done by a medic or hospital emergency room. It's always better to prevent injury if you can. Pay attention to hazards that can cause falls. In the kitchen use cutting blocks and sharp knives - they are safer because you use less pressure while cutting.
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