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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

The emerging educational power of the journal of cardiothoracic trauma: Highlights of direct lethal injuries

Editor in Chief, The Journal of Cardiothoracic Trauma, Gothenburg, Sweden

Date of Web Publication15-Dec-2017

Correspondence Address:
Moheb A Rashid
Editor in Chief, The Journal of Cardiothoracic Trauma, Gothenburg
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DOI: 10.4103/jctt.jctt_5_17

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Rashid MA. The emerging educational power of the journal of cardiothoracic trauma: Highlights of direct lethal injuries. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2017;2:1-2

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Rashid MA. The emerging educational power of the journal of cardiothoracic trauma: Highlights of direct lethal injuries. J Cardiothorac Trauma [serial online] 2017 [cited 2023 Jun 1];2:1-2. Available from: https://www.jctt.org/text.asp?2017/2/1/1/220848

The Journal of Cardiothoracic Trauma is a new and unique journal with all these words mean [1] looking for the most recent advances in the field with clinical approaches that could help the reader managing chest trauma patients in any part of the world. As Dr. Demetriades of Los Angeles, California,[1] and Associate Editor of the Journal explored briefly the so many uncovered questions and problems in cardiothoracic trauma that still need more investigations in the experimental and clinical arenas. Dr. Mattox of Houston, Texas,[2] and Associate Editor of the Journal has defined the word trauma as no one before could with a tremendous philosophical impact of his vast trauma experiences in this vital part of the body that contains the most critical organs, namely, the heart, lungs, and aorta. Dr. Mattox vision is that there are some controversies in chest trauma, and I am sure that this topic will deserve a special section in the near future of this journal.

In a short time and in a concise form, as the journal is formed, the reader can read the whole issue in a significant short time and in the most modern electronic fashion using smartphones, tablets, iPads, laptops, or computers at anytime, anywhere, and free of charge. This must be the most convenient method to get up-to-date with this subspecialized difficult and complex part of the surgery. Therefore, we strive after the most common, the most correct, the most available, and the most acceptable clinical sense in dealing with the different issues in cardiothoracic trauma as so many issues are still not evidence-based yet.

In these two volumes of the first issue, we have already covered the most direct lethal half-dozen injuries in cardiothoracic trauma, namely, airway obstruction, tension pneumothorax, pericardial tamponade, open pneumothorax, flail chest (all of these lesions could form the so-called obstructive shock), and massive hemothorax that could lead to hemorrhagic shock and death. These patients were highlighted in different ways by authors from all five continents of the globe. In this matter, a concise damage control in chest trauma was greatly presented by Dr. O'Connor of Baltimore, Maryland,[3] a prominent Editorial Board Member of the Journal. Dr. O'Connor covered damage control of all vital structures in the thoracic cavity in a perfect concise form. Damage control in thoracic surgery should start as early as possible from the time of admission as greatly summarized by Dr. Philips from Kansas City, Editorial Board Member of the Journal, in this volume page. Cardiac tamponade due to penetrating injury was documented from Brazil.[4] Tension pneumomediastinum and blunt traumatic cardiac tamponade were covered by reports from India.[5],[6] A new mechanism and nomenclature in cardiothoracic trauma, namely, the contrecoup cardiac and contralateral thoracic lesions were described by Rashid and Rashid [7] of Gothenburg, Sweden, the Editor in Chief of the Journal. Such an obstructive fatal shock must be treated immediately by releasing the obstruction using a safe, simple, and a quick chest tube insertion in the pleural cavity as described by Rashid.[8] Furthermore, relieving the cardiac tamponade by a safe and fast pericardial window in an innovative and quite simple and safe technique as described by Rashid [9] in this volume.

The Journal of Cardiothoracic Trauma will continue its strong educational mission publishing the best evidence-based topics, advances, and innovations in cardiothoracic trauma.

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Demetriades D. Unique journal of a new world society. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Mattox KL. Cardiac and thoracic effects following trauma: Foreword with perspective and philosophical reflections. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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O'Connor JV. Damage control thoracic surgery. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:8-11.  Back to cited text no. 3
Medeiros BJ. Silent cardiac wound. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:19-20.  Back to cited text no. 4
Ammannaya GK, Raut C, Mohapatra CK, Seth H. Cardiac tamponade from isolated right atrial rupture: A rare presentation of blunt chest trauma without rib fracture. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:13-5.  Back to cited text no. 5
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Keshava C, Balasundaram S, Denzil M. Tension pneumomediastinum in a patient with H1N1 pneumonia: A rare case report. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:16-8.  Back to cited text no. 6
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Rashid MA, Rashid MA. Cardiothoracic contrecoup and contralateral Injuries: Nomenclature, mechanism, and significance. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:4-7.  Back to cited text no. 7
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Rashid MA. Chest tube insertion: A safe and simple technique. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2016;1:12.  Back to cited text no. 8
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Rashid MA. Intercostal pericardial window: A safe, expedient and effective minimal invasive technique. J Cardiothorac Trauma 2017;2:22-3.  Back to cited text no. 9


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