Trauma Emergencies

Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence - Peter A. Levine

Trauma Emergencies

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The Crashing Trauma Patient

Management of the crashing trauma patient can be hectic and challenging. The primary role of the traumatologist is to create a calm environment in the trauma bay in order to effectively designate roles and provide cohesive, structured care. Preparing the trauma team prior to arrival can be helpful in order to obtain appropriate equipment, including an airway cart, RSI drugs, tube thoracostomy, ED thoracotomy tray, or a Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) catheter. Managing the room and all members of the trauma team can be difficult, but can often make a sloppy and potentially unsuccessful resuscitation more organized. As the Boy Scouts of America motto states,…

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 The Crashing Trauma Patient

Management of the crashing trauma patient can be hectic and challenging. ..

 The Deadly Dozen of Thoracic Trauma

In this episode we review the "lethal 6" and "hidden 6" chest injuries that comprise the deadly dozen of thoracic trauma. Mechanism of injury together with vital signs and findings from the physical exam should provide us with the data needed to identify life-threatening thoracic injuries on our primary survey. For hidden injuries, the diagnostic adjuncts required to identify these injuries are also discussed.

EM Sim Cases

Peer-reviewed simulation cases for Emergency Medicine programs available in FOAMed spirit.

Journal of Emergency Practice and Trauma

The journal gives particular emphasis to papers that integrate the findings of academic research into realities of clinical practice in the following areas:

Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock

JETS encourages research, education and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Traumatolgy and Shock Resuscitation thus promoting translational research by striking a synergy between basic science, clinical medicine and global health.

Poly Trauma - Tips

Place a pelvic binder on the stretcher before the patient arrives and and secure it on the patient ASAP, before imaging, if they are hemodynamically unstable without an obvious cause; but don’t forget to shoot a pelvic x-ray soon thereafter in case the binder has not fully reduced the fracture. To secure a chest tube to the chest wall quickly and easily, use the ETT holder as a temporary measure.

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