Trauma in the Trunk

FAST23 - Las Vegas - May 8 - 10, 2023 - Zaffer Qasim

While there have been a lot of improvements in the treatment of trauma, one of the most overlooked areas of improvement has been in thoracic trauma, or trauma in the trunk. There is a lot of space for blood to collect and hide in the trunk, making detection and treatment difficult, especially in transport medicine.

Internal thoracic bleeding refers to bleeding inside the chest cavity, specifically in the thorax area containing the heart, lungs, and major blood vessels. This type of bleeding can be caused by trauma, such as a car accident, fall, or severe blunt force trauma. Internal thoracic bleeding is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment to prevent life-threatening complications. The severity of internal thoracic bleeding can vary, depending on the underlying cause and the amount of blood loss.

How is the industry putting new and more effective means of detection and treatment for thoracic trauma into the hands of both in-hospital and transport providers?

At FAST23, join Zaffer Qasim as he presents the latest information on how we miss the mark on treating trauma by focusing on the wrong things. Zaffer Qasim is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Karachi. He completed his residency and fellowship training in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in the United Kingdom. He also worked as an attending (consultant) emergency physician and operational EMS physician. He moved to the United States to complete training in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland, before moving to Philadelphia. His academic interests lie in advanced trauma and endovascular resuscitation, airway
management, simulation, and pre-hospital care.

You can follow him on Twitter: @ResusOne


Zaffer Qasim is speaking at FAST23 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 8 – 10, 2023. To be a part of FAST23, pick up a conference badge and join us! The annual FAST conference is the fastest-growing, and most unique critical care conference on the planet… or any planet for that matter. Earn CE hours and be a part of the excitement this year!