General trauma principles

Benjamin Schnapp*

*Corresponding author for this work

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On arrival The emergency medical services (EMS) can provide invaluable information on a trauma patient if you take the time to obtain it. Gather a brief history from EMS (“the bullet”) initially. Important aspects of the scene history include mechanism of injury, vital signs, mental status, IV access, or any changes or interventions en route. Attempt to obtain more details (e.g., amount of damage to the vehicle, size of knife, etc.) once the patient is stabilized. If necessary, appoint one of your team members to gather the prehospital history. Primary survey The primary survey aims to identify life-threatening and reversible causes of life-threatening injury. The primary survey should be completed in a consistent and thorough manner for every trauma patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Emergency Resuscitation and Critical Care
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781139523936
ISBN (Print)9781107626850
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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