NCLEX RN Practice Question # 880

NCLEX Examination.

Practice Question # 880.

nclex examination

Flail chest


  • Flail Chest Occurs from blunt chest trauma associated with accidents, which may result in hemothorax and rib fractures.
  • The loose segment of the chest wall becomes paradoxical to the expansion and contraction of the rest of the chest wall.


Nursing Assessment:

  • Paradoxical respirations (inward movement of a segment of the thorax during inspiration with outward movement during expiration)
  • Severe pain in the chest
  • Dyspnea
  • Cyanosis
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypotension
  • Tachypnea, shallow respirations
  • Diminished breath sounds

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