Sunday, December 17, 2017

Initial Trauma Assessment

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CORE EM - By Carl Preiksaitis
"Background: Addressing traumatic injuries is a major component of Emergency Medicine (EM) practice. Providers are asked to quickly evaluate these patients, address major life threats, and make a full inventory of injuries. Having a systematic approach is essential to a rapid assessment that minimizes the chance of missing injuries. This post will outline a step-by-step approach to evaluation...
Take Home Points
  • Development of a systematic approach is essential to rapidly assessing the wide diversity of trauma patients and minimizes missed injures
  • Prepare with whatever information is available before the patient arrives and remember to get a good handoff from the pre-hospital team
  • Complete the primary survey (ABCDEs) and address immediate life threats
  • Obtain a good medical history and remember to complete a comprehensive head-to-toe exam"