Trauma, Multiple

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  • Standardized approach for rapid assessment of the trauma patient
  • Although presented as a sequential method for gathering information, many of these steps can be performed simultaneously.
  • In general, injuries must be prioritized in order of severity to increase survival. Life-threatening injuries, particularly when abnormal vital signs are present, must be immediately addressed and treated before going on to the next level of care.
  • With any change in the patient's status, the primary survey should be repeated.


Variety of causes such as:
  • Motor vehicle/motorcycle crashes
  • Falls from heights
  • Assault
  • Airplane crashes
  • Train derailments
  • Results of mass-casualty weapons
  • Terrorism

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