sucking chest wound


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o·pen pneu·mo·thor·ax

a free communication between the atmosphere and the pleural space either through the lung or through the chest wall.
Synonym(s): sucking chest wound

o·pen pneu·mo·tho·rax

(ō'pĕn nū'mō-thōr'aks)
A free communication between the atmosphere and the pleural space either through the lung or through the chest wall.
Synonym(s): sucking chest wound, sucking wound.

sucking chest wound

A wound that penetrates the thorax and draws air into the pleural cavity, usually resulting in an expanding pneumothorax.
See also: wound
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O'Brien might not win over critics, some of whom are perhaps already predicting that his initiative is like putting a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound. But the success of this latest overture will not necessarily rest on whether a lot of homes are bought and sold here in Worcester, but whether this collaborative effort takes hold and invades other aspects of the city's economic development effort.
"Plumb had tremendous sucking chest wounds by the time I got to him," the graduate of the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science and Embalming said.
And although I had trained my corpsmen well, I had seen sucking chest wounds before and they hadn't I figured I would be in and out in 15 minutes" (pp.