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D Knotts, AO Arthur, P Holder, T Herrington and SH Thomas
Abstract
In accordance with Boyle’s law (as barometric pressure decreases, gas volume increases), thoracostomy is often recommended for patients with pneumothoraces before helicopter EMS (HEMS) transport. We sought to characterize altitude-related volume changes in a pneumothorax model, aiming to improve clinical decisions for preflight thoracostomy in HEMS patients.
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Medicine, Boyle's law, Atmospheric pressure, Ideal gas law, Thermodynamics, Emergency medical services, Volume, Pressure
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