Approach To Trauma

Here’s an introduction to trauma and the primary survey. Here we talk about the initial management of the patient within the “golden hour” (the hour in which if we resuscitate the patient we may prevent death). So what do we do in that first hour?

Rush students, one of your simulations will focus on penetrating and neck trauma, so videos are included below. Here are a couple of handouts:

Trauma Primary Survey

Trauma Secondary Survey


Chest Trauma

Here is an application of the method pertaining to chest trauma, penetrating and blunt.

Blunt Chest Trauma

Penetrating Chest Trauma


Penetrating Neck Trauma

Here is an application of the method we use to approach trauma, namely penetrating trauma to the neck. These videos in particular, you will find helpful on your trauma simulation day. Here are some important questions to ask yourself while watching:

  • What are the boundaries of the zones of the neck and why do they matter?
  • Do all patients need to be intubated?
  • Do all patients need to be put in a cervical collar?
  • What are the “hard signs” of neck trauma and why do they matter?

Anatomy

Management

 


Additional Trauma Resources

Watch a (simulated) trauma encounter at Illinois Masonic Hospital:

 

Reference article from Life in the Fast Lane (Excellent FOAMed Resource)

Trauma: Initial Assessment and Management