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November 7, 1980

Penetration Injury to the Heart: Nine Consecutive Cases at a Community Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Hospital for Joint Diseases and Medical Center, affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

JAMA. 1980;244(18):2080-2081. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310180046033

During the past 25 years, great progress has been made in saving patients with serious cardiac injuries. This study is based on nine consecutive cases of penetrating wounds to the heart treated successfully by surgical intervention at a community hospital with no facilities for cardiopulmonary bypass. Early surgery is advocated for patients suspected of having penetrating injury of the heart.

(JAMA 244:2080-2081, 1980)