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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.
EtiologyVariety of causes such as:
- Motor vehicle/motorcycle crashes
- Falls from heights
- Airplane crashes
- Train derailments
- Results of mass-casualty weapons