Blast Injury: The Science
with Dr. Emrys Kirkman
Explosions cause injury by a variety of different mechanisms. Some (a few) are ‘special’ to blast, whilst others such as blunt and penetrating injuries can also be seen in other circumstances. This lecture looks briefly at the forces in an explosion that cause injury and describes the traditional classification of blast injury according to the forces that caused them. It then goes on to look at examples of specific injuries and combination of injuries, their pathophysiology and finally implications for resuscitation.